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Researchers Making Progress In Developing Universal, H7N9 Influenza Vaccines

Researchers this week reported in the journal Nature Medicine that they are closer to producing a universal vaccine for influenza, “a constantly shifting target” necessitating new seasonal flu vaccines each year, BBC News reports. Ajit Lalvani of Imperial College London, “who led the study, told the BBC: ‘It’s a blueprint…

Europe Risks Re-Introduction Of Polio From Israel, Report Says

“Europe is at risk of a re-introduction of polio, more than a decade after the region was declared free of the disease, after the disfiguring virus was found in sewage in Israel, according to a European Union report [.pdf]” released this week, Bloomberg News reports. “Poliovirus was identified in 91…

Progress Against Extreme Poverty, Disease Should Be Celebrated

In a post in his “On the Ground” blog, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof highlights his Sunday column in which he reflects on “something that has been happening over time so that we haven’t given it the attention it deserves — even though it may be the most important…

Laos Begins Pneumococcal, HPV Vaccine Projects With GAVI Support

“Laos became the first South East Asian nation to introduce pneumococcal vaccine and began a demonstration project for HPV vaccine at a ceremony in the nation’s capital Vientiane Wednesday,” Xinhua reports. “About 180,000 infants will receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and 13,000 girls will receive the human papillomavirus (HPV)…

Nigeria Plans To Vaccinate 3M Children For Measles, Polio

“Nigeria’s northern Kano state is starting to vaccinate three million children against polio and measles with tight security because of fears of attack by Islamic extremists,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. “[T]he vaccinations will be administered at 2,700 community centers — apparently ensuring more protection,” according to Shehu Usman Abubakar,…

Blog Features Updates From Two Conferences Focused On Infectious Disease Research

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog features “live-blogging” from two events, the ID Week 2013 meeting that took place last week in San Francisco and the AIDS Vaccine 2013 meeting this week in Barcelona, Spain. The blog highlights a presentation on HIV prevention and another on tuberculosis…

Bomb Targeting Polio Workers Kills 2 In Pakistan

“Two people were killed and 13 wounded Monday in a bombing that targeted polio workers in northwest Pakistan, police said,” CNN reports (10/7). “The attack took place on the third and last day of a U.N.-backed vaccination campaign in a suburb of the city of Peshawar, police said, adding that…

GSK To Seek Marketing Approval For Malaria Vaccine From European Medicines Agency

“British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline [GSK] will seek marketing approval for the world’s first malaria vaccine next year after trial data showed the shot significantly cut cases of the disease in African children,” Reuters reports. “The vaccine known as RTS,S was found, after 18 months of follow-up, to have almost halved the…