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Global Health Community Must Spread Word About Vaccines’ Successes

Noting “a full 84 percent of the world’s one-year-olds are vaccinated against measles,” Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog that “less than one in five Americans identified the correct level” in a recent Gapminder survey. The…

NPR Examines Efforts To Eradicate Polio In 2013

“The lowest number of polio cases ever recorded in the world was 223. And 2013 was on track for an even lower number, on the road to complete eradication of the virus,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports, adding, “But this was a year when polio pushed back. Hard.” The blog examines…

IAVI Announces New Board Appointments

“The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is pleased to announce that Dr. Alex Godwin Coutinho has taken over the role of chair of its Board of Directors, and U.S. Ambassador Eric Goosby [who recently completed a four-and-a-half-year term as U.S. global AIDS coordinator,] and the Rt. Hon. the Lord Fowler…

Pakistani Religious Scholar Speaks In Support Of Polio, Other Vaccines

“A radical Pakistani religious scholar known as the ‘Father of the Taliban’ has issued a fatwa urging parents to immunize their children against polio and other fatal diseases, adding that vaccinations comply with Islamic law,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The edict by Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, who heads the hardline Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania seminary,…

WHO, UNICEF Launch Polio Vaccination Campaign Targeting 23M Children In Middle East

“The [WHO] and UNICEF have launched a massive polio vaccination campaign aimed at immunizing 23 million children in the Middle East after 17 cases were discovered in Syria, the agencies announced Monday,” Al Jazeera America reports. “It will be the largest-ever immunization response in the region, WHO and [UNICEF] said…

IRIN Examines Lower Profile Of Pakistan’s Polio Immunization Campaigns

“Attacks on vaccination teams, militant threats and the abduction of teachers facilitating [a polio immunization] campaign in November 2013 have handicapped efforts and led to a new strategy” for conducting vaccinations in Pakistan, IRIN reports. “It means an end to the kind of campaigns seen in the past, often headed…

AIDS Vaccine Needed To End Pandemic

In a post in the ONE blog, Rajat Goyal, India country director at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, reflects on progress in the global AIDS response, which he attributes largely to the development of and improved access to antiretroviral medicines, and he examines the need for a vaccine in order…

Coordinated Effort On Vaccine Development Will Accelerate Progress

“I, along with eight fellow scientists, have proposed the establishment of a new human-immunology-based clinical-research initiative, the Human Vaccines Project,” Wayne Koff, senior vice president and chief scientific officer of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, writes in a Project Syndicate opinion piece. “In February 2014, leading scientists and public health…

Police Officers Guarding Polio Vaccinators Shot In Pakistan; One Killed

“Gunmen in northwest Pakistan attacked police officers guarding a team of polio vaccination workers, killing one officer, police said,” United Press International reports (11/30). “Officials say the police were attacked Saturday in Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,” VOA News writes, adding, “No group has claimed responsibility for…

U.N. Official Denounces Killing Of Two Health Workers In Darfur, Sudan

“Two Sudanese health ministry workers helping to vaccinate children in the Darfur region have been killed, the United Nations said on Friday, condemning their deaths,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The victims, a vaccinator and a driver, were part of a team inoculating vulnerable children against measles in West Darfur state, Ali…

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