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GSK Applies For Approval Of World’s First Malaria Vaccine

Reuters: GSK seeks approval for world’s first malaria vaccine “GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world’s first vaccine against malaria, designed for children in Africa…” (Kelland, 7/24).

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U.N. Takes Measures To Curb Polio Spread In Middle East

News outlets report on U.N. efforts to curb the spread of polio in the Middle East region. Reuters: Polio still threatens Middle East after Syria, Iraq cases: U.N. “Thirty-six children in Syria and two in Iraq have been paralyzed by polio since October, and the risk of the virus spreading…

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Nearly 22M Infants Went Unvaccinated In 2013, Report Shows

GlobalPost: U.N. reports 21.8 million infants weren’t vaccinated in 2013 “Nearly 22 million infants around the world were not vaccinated last year that should have been, according to a report released last week by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The startling number underscores the need for innovations in vaccination…

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GAVI Aims To Double Donor Contributions, Gear Up For Largest-Ever Replenishment

The Lancet: GAVI gears up for record replenishment “The GAVI Alliance is set to ask for a doubling in its donor contributions in its next pledging round to scale up immunization in countries and introduce new vaccines…” (Usher, 7/19).

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International Community Must Step Up Efforts To Contain, Reverse Polio In Pakistan

New York Times: Pakistan’s Struggle Against Polio “The campaign in Pakistan to contain an uncontrolled outbreak of polio hit an alarming point this week when the nation’s tally of new cases exceeded last year’s total of 93, with months to go in the emergency effort to vaccinate children over fierce…

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Dengue Vaccine Reaches Phase III Clinical Trail, But Some Experts Question Efficacy

Deutsche Welle: Experts see flaws in promising dengue fever vaccine candidate “The most advanced vaccine candidate against dengue fever could prevent many deaths, its developers say. But some experts warn that the substance could even make things worse rather than effectively treat it. … Sanofi Pasteur’s vaccine protects quite well…

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Injected Vaccines, Earlier Response Can Help Polio Eradication Efforts, Studies Say

SciDev.Net: Polio eradication needs old vaccines and faster responses “Two studies published last week call for changes to polio vaccinations that may help eradicate the resurging disease: reintroduce injections and vaccinate earlier…” (Mohdin, 7/16).

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Focus On Improving All Health Services, Not Disease-Specific Programs To End Polio In Pakistan

Nature: Infectious disease: Polio eradication hinges on child health in Pakistan Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University and co-director of the Sick Kids Center for Global Child Health “…In my view, vaccinating travelers will be ineffective and…

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Nigerian Mobile Units Deliver Polio Vaccines Amid Worsening Insurgency

Reuters: Nigeria hopes to eradicate polio despite insurgency “A Nigerian military offensive against Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram has opened up a corridor for mobile units of health workers to vaccinate children against polio in parts of the northeast. But the worsening insurgency poses a grave risk to the campaign…

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U.N. Approves $1.4M In Emergency Funding To Vaccinate Somali Children Against Measles

U.N. News Centre: U.N. emergency fund provides $1.4 million to vaccinate Somali children “The United Nations [Monday] announced the allocation of $1.4 million from an emergency account to vaccinate more than half a million children in danger of contracting measles in Somalia…” (7/14).

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