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Government Partnerships With Private Foundations Become Critical In Ebola Response

Washington Post: In Ebola fight, private foundations provide critical financial aid “…The unpredictable nature of the Ebola virus has made the government’s partnerships with private donors critically important in the crisis response. Working outside the politically charged federal appropriations process and the sometimes sluggish bureaucracy, foundations and private individuals have…

World Bank Might Back Indemnity Plan For Ebola Vaccine Makers, WHO Official Says

Bloomberg News: World Bank May Help Indemnify Ebola Vaccine Makers, WHO Says “The World Bank may help indemnify Ebola vaccine makers in case any liabilities arise, as countries and international aid groups support drugmakers racing to develop preventions for the virus. Establishing an indemnity mechanism is being discussed among governments,…

Pfizer, Development Organizations To Expand Injectable Contraceptive Access In Developing Countries

News outlets report on an announcement that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in collaboration with development organizations, will expand access to its injectable contraceptive for women in developing countries. New York Times: Pfizer and Aid Groups Team Up on Depo-Provera Contraceptive for Developing World “Depo-Provera, an injectable contraceptive given once every…

Google Launches Campaign To Raise Money For Ebola Efforts

Agence France-Presse: Google to boost Ebola donations “Google launched a campaign Monday to raise money to fight Ebola, tossing $10 million into the pot and saying it will match donations to the fund two to one…” (11/11).

Devex Examines Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance’s Rebranding Efforts

Devex: The evolution of global health’s ‘best-kept secret’ “…[T]hose who are familiar with Gavi believe the organization has been very discreet about its work and could do more to raise awareness about its mission — a point that the survey [of key global health stakeholders] reinforced. Immediately after finding out…

Opinion Pieces, Letter To Editor Discuss Issues Related To Ebola Epidemic

New York Times: Epidemics of Confusion Lawrence Altman, senior scholar at the Wilson Center and former New York Times senior medical correspondent New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Big Pharma and Ebola John Castellani, president and chief executive at Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America The Hill: Role for…

Private, Non-Profit Contributions Vital To Ebola Efforts

The White House Blog: Hailing the Contributions of the Private and Non-Profit Sectors to the Ebola Fight Gayle Smith, special assistant to President Obama and senior director at the National Security Council, discusses the importance of private and non-profit contributions to efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa,…

U.S. Seeks Patent On Ebola Virus

International Business Times: The U.S. Government Wants To Patent The Ebola Virus, Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing “U.S. government researchers are embroiled in a five-year fight with the Patent and Trademark office for a patent on the Ebola virus. Though the effort sounds ominous, it could accelerate the pace…

Facebook Launches Ebola Donation Button

News outlets report on Facebook’s launch of an Ebola donation button, where users can donate money to three charities’ efforts. The Hill: Facebook adds button for Ebola donations “Being able to stop the spread of Ebola before the epidemic grows would be equivalent to stopping HIV 30 years ago, according…