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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

PATH’s Vaccine Vial Heat-Sensing Label Helps Keep Vaccines Viable

Humanosphere: At 5 billion, PATH’s life-saving labels make vaccines more effective Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, discusses PATH’s new “life-saving” technology, the vaccine vial monitor (VVM), a heat-sensing label that keeps vaccines “protected and viable by the time they are administered” (7/14).