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Investing In Local Solutions Key To Controlling Yellow Fever Outbreak In Angola

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Yellow fever in Angola: Are we repeating the mistakes of Ebola? Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies “…The international community and the Angolan authorities can still put the lessons of Ebola into real action and prevent [the…

GSK’s Malaria Vaccine Loses Efficacy Over Several Years Among Kenyan Children, Study Shows; Researchers To Test 4 Dose Regimen

Agence France-Presse: Malaria vaccine loses effectiveness over several years: study “An experimental vaccine against malaria known as Mosquirix — or RTS,S — weakens over time and is only about four percent effective over a seven-year span, researchers said Wednesday…” (6/29). The Guardian: Malaria vaccine study raises questions about effectiveness and…

DRC Aims To Begin Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign By July 20, Health Minister Says

Bloomberg: Congo Plans Mass Vaccinations Against Yellow Fever in Late July “…The government will use reduced doses of the vaccine, of which there’s currently a shortfall, to immunize those at risk, [DRC Health Minister] Felix Kabange Numbi told reporters Monday in the capital, Kinshasa. The program could begin by July…

Rapid Urbanization Threatens World’s Ability To Prevent, Control Infectious Diseases

The Guardian: More people in less space: rapid urbanization threatens global health Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…The combination of more people living in less space and placing more strain on already limited sanitation represents a fertile breeding ground for infectious disease and the insect vectors spreading…

Researchers Identify Potential Link Between Dengue Exposure, Severity Of Zika Infection; Studies Provide Insight Into Possible Vaccine Strategies

The Atlantic: A Surprising Link Between Zika and Dengue “…New research shows that certain dengue antibodies can either neutralize Zika — or help it replicate. The findings, published in two separate papers on Thursday, may be a crucial step toward developing a vaccine for Zika…” (LaFrance, 6/23). Reuters: Previous exposure…

GAVI Offers Up To $27.5M In Matching Funds To Support Malaria Vaccine Research

Reuters: GAVI alliance offers matched funds for GSK malaria vaccine pilot “The GAVI global vaccine alliance has offered funding of up to $27.5 million for pilot tests of GlaxoSmithKline’s first-generation malaria vaccine, but only if other organizations promise to match that commitment…” (Kelland, 6/23).

U.S. Military’s Walter Reed Research Institute Working To Develop Zika Vaccine

Wired: Inside the U.S. Army Lab Racing to Create a Zika Vaccine “…Today, the military maintains one of the biggest, smartest and most robust communicable disease-fighting labs in the country. Before Zika came along, there was Japanese encephalitis, dengue, chikungunya, and West Nile. Today [the Walter Reed Army Institute of…

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