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Researchers Map Immune Response To HIV, Say Findings Could Inform Vaccine Science

In research that could help in the search for an HIV vaccine, “American researchers have minutely tracked one person’s powerful immune response to the virus to see how a series of mutations led to an antibody that can defeat many HIV strains,” the New York Times reports (McNeil, 4/3). “In a study…

Editorials Discuss GPEI Polio Eradication Plan

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) on Tuesday launched its Global Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan in Washington, D.C. The new plan aims to eliminate wild-type polio by 2015 and completely eradicate the virus by 2018. The following editorials address efforts to eradicate polio. Bloomberg: The goal of eradicating polio “can…

Pakistani Taliban Deny Responsibility For Attacks On Polio Workers

“The Pakistani Taliban on Friday denied any involvement in attacks on polio workers, which have killed 21 people since December, but confirmed it opposed the vaccination as ‘un-Islamic,'” Agence France-Presse reports. Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesperson for the umbrella group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), told AFP, “We have no link with the attacks on…

Blog Interviews Head Of Ghana’s Immunization Program

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog features an interview with K.O. Antwi-Agyei, a physician who “manages the Expanded Programme on Immunization in Ghana, where he oversees the day-to-day work to ensure vaccines reach children across the country.” According to the transcript, Antwi-Agyei discusses how vaccines have helped…

Vaccine Development Expensive But Worthy Of Investment From Congress

“During the last three decades, the biopharmaceutical industry has invested significantly in new and improved vaccines,” and “[t]he collaborative efforts of the [CDC], [the WHO], national governments and industry have led to major progress in addressing global immunization goals and reducing illness and death due to vaccine-preventable diseases,” Jim Greenwood,…

Britain To ‘Stand Together’ With Other Stakeholders To Eradicate Polio

“[V]accinations play a huge part in deciding a country’s long-term health,” and “[t]he more healthy a population, the better able it is to contribute to and benefit from economic development,” British Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening writes in an Independent opinion piece. “Britain will not stand on…

Bill Gates Reflects On Global Vaccine Summit In Foundation Blog

“This week I’m going to Abu Dhabi to attend the Global Vaccine Summit to celebrate the tremendous progress the world has made in ending polio and immunizing children,” Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “We’ll be there to do…