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CIA No Longer Will Use Fake Vaccination Programs As Covers, White House Official Says

News outlets report that in a written response to a group of public health school deans, President Obama’s top homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, states the CIA no longer will use vaccination programs for covert operations, as was done in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Associated Press/Minneapolis Star Tribune:…

GAVI Issues Appeal For $7.5B In Funding

News outlets report on the GAVI Alliance’s appeal for increased funding for its vaccine and immunization programs. Reuters: Vaccines group seeks $7.5 bln to protect 300 million children “The GAVI global vaccines alliance issued a plea on Tuesday for $7.5 billion to help immunize another 300 million children against life-threatening…

More Action Needed To Determine Vaccines’ Heat Stability, Develop Better Cold Chains

The Guardian: Vaccine development: thinking out of the cold box Kate Elder, vaccines policy adviser for Médecins Sans Frontières’ Access Campaign “…[M]ore attention, and funds, need to be paid towards strengthening logistics and cold chain systems in these poorer countries, but we also need more action from the vaccine manufacturers…

Blogs Discuss CIA Policy Disallowing Fake Vaccination Programs

Blogs address a new CIA policy stating the agency no longer will use vaccination programs for covert operations, as was done in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Humanosphere: CIA promises not to do any more fake vaccination programs Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, discusses the Obama…

World AIDS Vaccine Day Focuses Attention On Need For HIV Vaccine

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Celebrating progress on World AIDS Vaccine Day “…May 18 marked the observance of World AIDS Vaccine Day­­ — an annual event to focus attention on the need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS,” the blog states, and includes an infographic from AVAC…

News Coverage Continues On CIA’s Decision To No Longer Use Fake Vaccination Programs

News outlets continue to report on a White House official’s confirmation that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs for covert operations. Bloomberg Businessweek: The CIA Stops Fake Vaccinations as Real Polio Rebounds “The White House confirmed this week that the Central Intelligence Agency will no longer use vaccination campaigns…

‘Science Speaks’ Provides Update On Development Of An AIDS Vaccine

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: AIDS vaccine update: With Thai trial, broadly neutralizing antibodies, new technologies and monkeys that met the SIV challenge, ‘we’re closer than ever’ Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, provides an…

World Cup-Themed Report Draws Parallels Between World Cup, Global Health

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Saving 5 Million Lives: Better than a World Cup Victory? Erin Hohlfelder, ONE’s policy director for global health, outlines “…a World Cup-themed report, designed to draw parallels between the shots, saves, and goals made on the field and the shots (vaccines) needed…

Polio Resurgence Poses Larger Threat Than Emerging MERS Virus

Los Angeles Times: Worried about MERS? Worry about polio instead. Wendy Orent, author “…[I]f Americans who oppose vaccination — believing, apparently, that the risk of [polio] is preferable to exposing their children to a dead virus and a needle prick — gain strength, this specialist in human misery could come…