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WHO, Partners To Launch 5-Nation Polio Vaccine Campaign Following Outbreak In Nigeria

Motherboard: Boko Haram Has Prevented Nigeria From Eliminating Polio “…[N]ews broke on [August 11] that two cases of polio had been found in children living in the northern state of Borno, the birthplace of militant group Boko Haram. It was a setback for Nigeria’s program, but also a stark and…

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Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Zika Response

Washington Post: Zika is spreading in Florida, but Congress still hasn’t approved cash to fight it Editorial Board “…Local governments and public health agencies are scrambling to control [Zika’s] spread, provide diagnostics, educate the public, and search for a vaccine. But instead of acting, Republican majorities in Congress have taken…

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International Community Must Become Better Prepared To Address Infectious Disease Outbreaks

New York Times: A Yellow Fever Epidemic Made Worse by a Vaccine Shortage Editorial Board “…[D]onor countries like the United States, the WHO, and the countries at risk need to invest more and act faster when there is an [yellow fever] outbreak. Industrialized countries need to provide the money to…

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Yellow Fever Immunization Campaign Showing Success In Kinshasa, WHO Says; Concerns Remain Over Wider Outbreak, Lack Of Vaccines

The Guardian: Fears of global yellow fever epidemic grow as vaccine stocks dwindle “A last-ditch effort to prevent yellow fever spreading through Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and potentially developing into a global epidemic is to be launched using vaccines containing a fifth of the normal dose…

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D.A. Henderson, Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox, Dies At 87

New York Times: D.A. Henderson, Doctor Who Helped End Smallpox Scourge, Dies at 87 “Dr. Donald A. Henderson, a leader of one of mankind’s greatest public health triumphs, the eradication of smallpox, died on Friday in Towson, Md. He was 87…” (McNeil, 8/21). NPR: Tribute: The Man Who Led The…

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Obama Administration To Shift $81M From Various Government Programs To Fund Zika Vaccine Research

ABC News: Feds Use Funds for Medicaid, Children’s Services to Avoid Delaying Zika Vaccine Research “Federal health officials have been forced to take $81 million in funds from various government programs, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Administration for Children and Families, in order to avoid…

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After 2 Years With No Cases, Nigeria Records 2 Polio Cases In Children

Associated Press: Nigeria reports first 2 cases of polio in years, WHO says “Nigeria has reported the first two cases of polio after more than two years, in an area newly liberated from Islamic extremists who attacked polio vaccinators in the past, the government and the World Health Organization said…

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Continuous Support For Mass Treatment Could Lead To River Blindness Eradication

Los Angeles Times: Can river blindness enter the elite club of eradicated diseases? Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa “…Completely eliminating onchocerciasis [also referred to as river blindness] from all areas where it is known to exist would take the world to an extremely rare place: disease eradication. ……

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WHO, Partners Continue Yellow Fever Vaccination, Prevention Efforts In Angola, DRC

U.N. News Centre: Measures to control yellow fever still needed despite drop in number of cases — U.N. health agency “The United Nations health agency and its partners are continuing their programs against yellow fever outbreaks even though the epidemic, first reported in January 2016, appears to be declining, with…

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Improving Supply Chains Critical To Achieving Universal Health Coverage

Devex: Reaching the last mile: The future of medicine access for everyone Edward Wilson, director of John Snow, Inc.’s Center for Health Logistics “…Universal health coverage requires universal access to medicines, vaccines, and other health commodities. … But there’s still a long way to go, especially in reaching every person,…

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