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NIH Confirms Safety Of 2 Experimental Ebola Vaccines

Reuters: Two experimental Ebola vaccines pass safety test in African trial “Two experimental Ebola vaccines, one from GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the other from biotech start-up NewLink Genetics Corp, ‘appear to be safe’ part way through a clinical trial being conducted in Liberia, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said…

Opinion Pieces Mark World TB Day

Devex: New approaches needed to end TB Anna Nakanwagi-Mukwaya, director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease’s Uganda office; Paula Fujiwara, the Union’s scientific director; and Lucica Ditiu, executive secretary of the Stop TB Partnership “…Innovative projects like [Slum Partnerships to Actively Respond to Tuberculosis in Kampala (SPARK-TB)],…

Uganda To Expand Program Using Private Clinics To Better Detect, Diagnose TB Patients

The Guardian: Uganda to expand successful Kampala scheme in battle against tuberculosis “…So when representatives from the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease approached [Dr. Kasauli Mahmoud Zinda] in 2011 to join a new initiative that would equip Pillars [Medical Centre] to test for and treat TB, ‘it looked…

WHO’s Chan Urges Global Action To Drive Tobacco Industry ‘Out Of Business’

Agence France-Presse: WHO chief wants tobacco firms pushed ‘out of business’ “World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan urged global action Wednesday to drive tobacco companies ‘out of business’ and hailed progress in tackling smoking in many countries. Speaking at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi, she…

Bloomberg, Gates Launch $4M Fund To Help Countries Defend Efforts To Curb Smoking

BBC News: New global fund to help countries defend tobacco control “A new global fund is being launched to help developing countries fend off challenges to tobacco control measures by cigarette makers…” (Dreaper, 3/18). The Guardian: Bloomberg and Gates launch legal fund to help countries fight big tobacco “A $4m…

MSF Accuses Gilead Of Restricting Hepatitis C Drug Access In Developing Countries

Reuters: Charity attacks Gilead over hepatitis C drug restrictions “Charity Médecins Sans Frontières has accused U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc. of restricting access to its breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi in developing countries as it tries to protect profit margin in wealthier nations. MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders,…