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Bill Gates Calls For Greater Immunization Efforts In World Health Assembly Address

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Tuesday called for a “Decade of Vaccines” in a keynote address at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, saying strengthening immunization programs against infectious diseases worldwide could save 10 million lives by 2020, Reuters reports. He said countries should aim for 90 percent immunization coverage against diseases such as polio, meningitis and pneumonia and said pharmaceutical companies should work to make existing and new vaccines affordable to developing countries, according to the news agency (Nebehay, 5/17).

Sanofi Hopes To Launch Dengue Vaccine In 2014

France’s Sanofi-Pasteur, the world’s largest vaccine maker, said Friday it hopes to introduce a dengue vaccine in 2014 to some high-risk nations, AlertNet reports.

World Health Assembly Begins In Geneva

As the 64th World Health Assembly gets underway in Geneva, the body will consider “an array of subjects pertaining to reforms of the organisation and its financing, vaccines, fake medicines, and influenza pandemic preparedness, as well as communicable and non-communicable diseases,” Intellectual Property Watch reports (Saez, 5/13).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lessons Learned About Global Health From 30 Years Of HIV/AIDS: In the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases (.pdf) journal, Kevin De Cock of the CDC, Harold Jaffe of Emory University and James Curran of the Emory Center for AIDS Research reflect on the emergence of HIV/AIDS 30 years ago this June; the…

Also In Global Health News: WHO’s Classification Of Taiwan; Midwife Training Study; Indian Vaccine Makers; WHO Plan For Traffic Accidents

Taiwan To Lodge Protest With WHO Over Classification As Chinese Territory Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday “accused China of pressuring the World Health Organization into recognizing Taiwan as a Chinese territory and says Beijing’s move is ‘very negative’ for bilateral ties,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. Taiwan gained observer…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Tourism And Poverty Reduction: A Guardian Focus podcast examines whether tourism can promote development (Bunting/Sale/Provost, 4/28). African Nations Rightly Proceed With DDT Plans: “Environmental activists inside and outside UNEP love to hate DDT and will seemingly stop at nothing to ensure it is never produced or used. But there is…

Also In Global Health News: Women Losing Height; WFP Suspends Aid Operations In Parts Of S. Sudan; PSA Aims To Encourage Pledges For GAVI

Study Finds Women In 14 African Countries Have Lost Height Over Last Few Decades A study published in the journal PLoS One “shows that the average height of women in 14 African countries is shrinking,” which “spells bad news for the future health of those nations,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports. “Researchers at the…