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Scandinavian Study Shows HPV Vaccination Safe

“In a large study of nearly a million girls in Denmark and Sweden, the human papillomavirus [HPV] vaccine was not linked to short- or long-term health problems,” Reuters reports. “Previously, isolated incidents of blood clots or other problems had been pegged to the vaccine, but this large new study did…

Brazil To Produce Measles, Rubella Vaccine For Developing Countries

“Brazil’s top biomedical research and development center announced plans on Monday to produce a combined measles and rubella vaccine for developing countries, mainly in Africa,” Reuters reports. “The first Brazilian vaccine developed specifically for export will be made by Bio-Manguinhos, a unit of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), in partnership…

War, Conflict Hinders Global Polio Eradication Efforts

In an opinion piece in The Conversation, John Rhodes, a fellow at the Royal College of Pathologists, examines how war, conflict and distrust in Syria are hindering global polio eradication efforts. “War in the country has seriously affected health services and immunization programs, and suspected polio in 22 children has…

Gates Foundation Blog Examines New Vaccine Discovery Partnership

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the foundation, examines the Vaccine Discovery Partnership, “a new initiative that will lead to better and more effective approaches to vaccine research and development.” The new effort “will be a…

GAVI Making Progress On Promises, But ‘Much Left To Do’

“[W]ith two years to go” to reach the GAVI Alliance’s goal of “help[ing] developing countries immunize an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015, and prevent[ing] four million future deaths in the process,” Dagfinn Høybråten, chair of the GAVI Alliance Board, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s…

Three Steps GAVI Can Take To Vaccinate More Children

“As GAVI concludes its ‘mid-term review’ meeting — where it reflected on its accomplishments over the last few years and looked ahead to how it will position itself in the future — we think it’s a good time to suggest several short- and long-term changes that could help reach more…

Syrian Government Vows To Deliver Polio Vaccinations To Children

“Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad vowed on Monday that the government will deliver polio vaccination to children after fresh reports of infections in Syria emerged last week,” Xinhua reports. “Mekdad told reporters that the government does not hinder humanitarian aid efforts to reach different places within the country, adding…

Letters To Editor Respond To New York Times Editorial On Polio In Syria

Two letters to the editor of the New York Times respond to an editorial on the spread of polio in Syria, published in the newspaper last week. “You’re right to say that the best way to help end the suffering of Syrians is to end the civil war,” but “the…

Highlights From GAVI Alliance Mid-Term Review Meeting

“I traveled to Stockholm last week for the GAVI Alliance’s Mid-Term Review (MTR) meeting to take stock of the progress GAVI has achieved and explore its challenges and opportunities in the years ahead,” Erin Hohlfelder, global health policy director at ONE, writes in the ONE blog. She highlights four reoccurring themes…

Agencies, Health Care Workers Continue To Vaccinate Against Polio In Somalia, Pakistan

VOA News examines the polio outbreak in Somalia and the Horn of Africa in a video feature. “Earlier in 2013, polio was confined to three so-called ‘endemic countries’ — Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan — where the virus has never been snuffed out,” the news service writes in an accompanying article,…