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NIAID Director Anthony Fauci Speaks With Devex About Pandemic Preparedness

Devex: Q&A with Tony Fauci on the state of pandemic security “Global health agencies face a difficult challenge in protecting people from pandemic threats: They rarely know in advance what the specific disease outbreak will be. … Devex spoke to [Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and…

Venezuela’s Economic Crisis Leading To HIV Drug Shortages

The Lancet: Venezuela’s economic crisis hampers HIV/AIDS treatment “Amid an ongoing economic crisis, Venezuela is experiencing shortages of several HIV drugs, including those to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus…” (Daniels, 3/18).

U.N. Launches Interagency Coordination Group On Antimicrobial Resistance

U.N. News Centre: U.N. announces interagency group to coordinate global fight against antimicrobial resistance “The United Nations [Thursday] announced the establishment of an Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, which will be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. … Ms. Mohammed…

World Unprepared For Another Ebola-Type Outbreak, Researchers Warn

CBS News: “We are not ready”: Experts warn world is unprepared for next Ebola-size outbreak “Is the world ready to defend against the next big infectious disease outbreak? It’s one of the biggest threats humanity could face. But experts who have reviewed reports on the global response to the massive…

PEPFAR, Global Fund, South Africa Must Diversify Antiretroviral Drug Suppliers

Financial Times: HIV/AIDS drugs for developing world face threat of disruption Brian Elliott, chief executive of Procela Consultants “…Fifteen generic manufacturers supply more than 95 percent of [antiretroviral drugs (ARVs)] to [low- to middle-income countries (LMICs)], of which four supply the bulk — 83 percent. … Reliance on so few…

Agile, Innovative Polio Immunization Campaigns Help Pakistan Edge Closer To Eradication

The Guardian: Polio’s last stand: frantic effort to eradicate Pakistan’s ‘badge of shame’ “…Here in Pakistan, home to almost all of the world’s polio cases just a few years ago, [a mobile population] require[s] a vaccination strategy as agile and stubborn as the virus itself. At hundreds of sites, teams…

Lessons Learned From Zika, Ebola Epidemics Should Inform Global Pandemic Preparedness

Harvard Business Review: The World Is Completely Unprepared for a Global Pandemic In this online article, Ranu S. Dhillon, an instructor at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who served as an adviser to the president of Guinea during the Ebola epidemic; Devabhaktuni…

Proactive, Integrated Approach Including Vaccination Critical To Control Dengue

Huffington Post: 4 Billion People At Risk Of Being Infected With The Fastest Growing Mosquito-Borne Disease Melvin Sanicas, vaccinologist and public health physician “…No specific antiviral therapy exists [for dengue], but after decades of research, we now have a vaccine. A vaccine could have a major public health impact if…

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