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Late Start On Ebola Therapies Means Outbreak Outpacing Drug, Vaccine Development

ScienceInsider: Ebola vaccine: Little and late “…Administration officials have begun working with industry to speed manufacturing of experimental drugs and vaccines [for Ebola]. ‘We’re trying to do everything we can to scale up product,’ says Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and…

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Researchers Say Ebola Fight Will Be Long, Examine Old, Novel Therapies To Treat Patients

News outlets report on scientists’ predictions that it will take at least one year to contain the West African Ebola outbreak, as well as their work to develop treatments from new and old technologies. New York Times: U.S. Scientists See Long Fight Against Ebola “The deadly Ebola outbreak sweeping across…

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Sanofi Pasteur Works To End Polio By 2018

SciDev.Net: Is the world on track for polio eradication by 2018? “Polio is a viral disease that, until the 1980s, crippled an estimated 350,000 children every year. … SciDev.Net visited the Mérieux campus in Lyon, France, where the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur works with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to…

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Lack Of Funding Hampered Ebola Vaccine Development, NIH Director Says

CQ HealthBeat: Ebola Vaccine Delayed by Lack of Funding, NIH Director Says “An Ebola vaccine could have been available to respond to the current outbreak in West Africa if Congress had kept the National Institutes of Health’s budget growing in the past decade at the same rates as its basic…

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Ebola Vaccine Research Progressing Quickly

Science: Ebola vaccines racing forward at record pace “On 2 September, a 39-year-old woman in Bethesda, Maryland, received a novel Ebola vaccine never given to humans before. In as little as two months, this same vaccine may go into the arms of thousands of health care workers and other first-line…

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Puerto Rico Partners With U.S. On HIV Vaccine Project

Associated Press: Puerto Rico partners on U.S. HIV vaccine project “Puerto Rico’s governor says the island’s largest public university is partnering with federal agencies to oversee a U.S.-funded project aimed at trying to develop a prophylactic vaccine for the HIV virus that causes AIDS…” (9/9).

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ABC Radio Interviews GAVI Vaccine Expert Helen Evans

ABC Radio: Why vaccinating the world’s children can end poverty “Australian public health expert Helen Evans has spent the last nine years in Geneva working with GAVI, and before that the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria…” An audio file of correspondent Natasha Mitchell’s interview with Evans is available…

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Pakistan’s Polio Case Numbers Rise As Taliban Enforces Vaccination Ban

Bloomberg News: Polio Cases Jump in Pakistan Amid Taliban Vaccination Ban “Pakistan reported 11 new cases of polio on a single day last week, bringing this year’s official count to 138, a four-fold increase from last year, as the crippling disease spreads amid Islamist militancy and suspicion…” (Anis/Gokhale, 9/8).

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WHO Recommends Using Ebola Survivors’ Blood As Potential Treatment As Vaccines Are Tested

News outlets report on the outcomes of a WHO meeting on potential Ebola vaccines and treatments, as well as other news involving therapy research. Agence France-Presse: WHO eyes Ebola vaccine by Nov as death toll passes 2,000 “The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has climbed above 2,000, the World…

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NBC News Releases Series On American Doctor Who Contracted Ebola

NBC News: Saving Dr. Brantly NBC News releases a six-part video series on Kent Brantly, an American doctor who contracted Ebola while working at a Liberian clinic and recovered from the disease after receiving treatment in the U.S. (9/5).

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