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2 U.S. Oil Companies, Equatorial Guinea Partner To Fund Malaria Vaccine Trials

Financial Times: Hopes rise for malaria vaccine as oil companies fund trials “Two U.S. oil companies are pouring millions of dollars into the trials of a promising malaria vaccine in Equatorial Guinea in a rare sign of foreign investors trying to help tackle one of Africa’s biggest health scourges. Marathon…

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Deutsche Welle Examines Impact Of U.S.-Led Efforts To Identify Osama Bin Laden On Pakistani Polio Vaccination Campaigns

Deutsche Welle: The ‘bin Laden hunt doctor’ case and its impact on polio vaccinations “Initially sentenced to 33 years in prison for being a member of Lashkar-e-Islam, a militant group based in Pakistan’s Khyber Agency tribal area, Shakil Afridi is better known for his alleged involvement in a fake hepatitis…

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Global Surveillance Of Asymptomatic Polio Needed To Truly Eradicate Disease, Study Suggests

VOA News: ‘Silent’ Polio Cases Could Reignite Epidemics, Study Warns “Only a few hundred cases of paralytic polio still exist worldwide, thanks to massive vaccination campaigns. But a new study concludes that so-called silent cases of polio can infect populations for years, threatening to reignite disease epidemics. … Writing in…

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Liberia Launches Study To Assess Ebola’s Long-Term Health Effects; Drugmakers Struggle To Assess Ebola Vaccines In Clinical Trials Due To Lack Of Qualified Volunteers

Agence France-Presse: Thousands of Liberians in ‘post-Ebola syndrome’ study “Liberia launched a five-year study on Wednesday to unravel the mystery of the long-term health effects that plague Ebola survivors and assess how long they should go without sex…” (Dosso, 6/17). Reuters: Ebola vaccines in limbo expose need for more speed…

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International Community Must Fund Efforts To Find New TB Vaccines, Drugs, Diagnostics

New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Fighting the Tuberculosis Threat Thomas G. Evans, CEO of Advancing Tuberculosis Vaccines for the World “…[T]hroughout the world, nine million people are diagnosed with active TB every year and 1.5 million die — as many people die from HIV. … Decades of neglect…

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Annual Development Assistance For Health In Developing Countries Up Since 1990, But Dips From 2013 To 2014, Study Shows

News outlets highlight a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation published Tuesday in JAMA that examines trends in global health development aid to low-income nations. HealthDay News: Health Assistance to Developing Countries Up Since 1990: Study “There has been an increase in health-related development assistance to low-income…

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Vaccine Necessary To Prevent Another MERS Outbreak

IRIN: MERS’s best friend is ignorance, so it’s time to wise up Helen Branswell, medical reporter for the Canadian Press “…The [MERS] disease and death toll …, the social and economic disruption as well as the fear and political strife South Korea is experiencing will likely ratchet up the pressure…

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HHS Announces Contract To Develop Faster Ebola Test; Testing Experimental Vaccines Presents Challenges

The Hill: Obama administration pushes for faster Ebola test “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Friday announced a contract to develop a faster test for Ebola, as well as grants for nine regional treatment centers…” (Sullivan, 6/12). PBS NewsHour: Why testing an Ebola vaccine isn’t so easy…

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Ghana Halts Experimental Ebola Vaccine Trial; Latest Setback In Efforts To Test Candidates

PBS NewsHour: How close is the Ebola vaccine? “The quest for an Ebola vaccine has been a journey filled with excruciating delays and mad dashes. The latest outbreak in West Africa caused governments and drug companies to jumpstart research that had languished back when the threat of Ebola wasn’t big…

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Single HPV Vaccine Dose Might Protect Against Cervical Cancer, Study Shows; Could Improve Access In Developing Countries

News outlets report on a study on HPV vaccine dosing published Wednesday in The Lancet Oncology. Agence France-Presse: Single dose of vaccine may prevent cervical cancer “A single vaccine shot, rather than the recommended triple dose, may be enough to protect women against cervical cancer, a study said on Wednesday. If…

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