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Gunmen Kill Polio Vaccine Worker In Pakistan; Two Others Wounded

News outlets report on the killing of a polio vaccine worker in Pakistan and how the Taliban is hindering efforts to eradicate the disease. Agence France-Presse: Gunmen kill vaccinator in NW Pakistan “Gunmen shot dead a health officer supervising an anti-polio vaccination campaign after storming a hospital where children were…

NIH Researchers Make Progress In HIV Vaccine Development

“At the Vaccine Research Center at the [NIH], researchers have developed high-resolution images of the AIDS virus at the atomic level,” columnist Michael Gerson writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. He describes this research and the advances scientists have made in learning how to prevent HIV from infecting cells.…

BBC News Examines Polio’s Resurgence In Africa, Middle East

BBC News examines polio’s resurgence in some parts of the world. In a 60-second video report, the news service “outlines the struggle against polio,” noting that, “[d]espite a quarter-century-long vaccination program … experts fear it could make a comeback in countries riven by conflict” in the Middle East and Africa…

Blog Examines Immunization Efforts In Ethiopia

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, David Ferreira, managing director for innovative finance and head of the Washington, D.C., office of the GAVI Alliance, examines immunization efforts in Ethiopia. “Just a decade ago, Ethiopia’s immunization coverage rate was as low as 28 percent,…

Provide ‘The Gift Of Vaccines’ To All Children Globally

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, José Esparza, a senior adviser on global health and vaccines at the foundation, reflects on the “miracle of vaccination,” which he notes led to the eradication of smallpox in 1980 and has “been critical in reducing the…

Security Concerns Hampering Polio Eradication Efforts In Pakistan

Al Jazeera examines how “security concerns and negotiated access” are threatening Pakistan’s polio eradication efforts, writing, “Since July 2012, 31 people have been killed in Taliban-led attacks on anti-polio campaigners in Pakistan.” The news service notes, “Most recently, two policemen providing security to polio vaccinators in Swabi were killed when…

Reuters Examines Polio Eradication Efforts In Syria

“The Syrian government excluded the largely rebel-held province of Deir al-Zor — where polio broke out this year — from a 2012 vaccination campaign, arguing that most residents had fled although hundreds of thousands were still there, a Reuters investigation shows,” the news service reports. “Public health researchers say missing…

Blog Post Examines Underlying Factors Behind Anti-Vaccination Movements

In a post in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Sara Gorman, an MPH candidate at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, examines “some of the factors behind anti-vaccination movements.” She notes “[a] few, but not many, studies have been done to begin to understand the demographics, spread, and…

Polio Resurgence In Syria Could Reinvigorate Global Campaign Against Disease

“As of November 26, WHO has confirmed a polio outbreak with a total of 17 cases caused by wild poliovirus type one in Syria, which had been polio-free since 1999,” a Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial states. “At present, polio is endemic in three countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan,” the…

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