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Also In Global Health News: Brazil Air Fee For UNITAID; East Africa Community And Agriculture; WFP Uses Social Media To Raise Funds; Cancer In Latin America, Caribbean; Calls For Transparency, Accountability

Brazil Senate Approves Air Travel Fee To Be Donated To UNITAID Brazil’s Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to allow the transfer of $1 million a year for 20 years to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Xinhua/People’s Daily reports. Under the measure, air travelers leaving Brazil will…

Also In Global Health News: Russia’s Illegal Drug Fight; Radio To Promote HIV/AIDS Awareness; USAID, Qatar MoU On Food Security; Canada’s HIV Vaccine Initiative

Russian President Says Country Has Failed To Reduce Injection Drug Use Russia has failed to curtail an injection drug epidemic that cuts economic growth by up to three percent annually, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting of federal and regional senior officials on Monday, Reuters reports. “In spite of…

Virus-Sharing Draft Agreement Very Close; U.S. Yet To Formally Approve, Reuters Reports

A draft agreement that would ensure countries would share virus samples in exchange for access to affordable vaccines derived from such samples in the event of a pandemic is nearly complete, senior diplomats told Reuters on Thursday. “Consensus has been reached across all regions, including Indonesia which three years ago stopped sharing influenza samples with the World Health Organization (WHO), but the United States has yet to give formal approval, they said,” according to the news service.

WHO Group Hopes To Have Virus-Sharing Draft Agreement Finalized By Friday

Countries are narrowing in on a “deal to speed up their response to the next flu pandemic by sharing virus samples in return for access to affordable vaccines,” co-chairs of a WHO working group told reporters on Tuesday, Reuters reports. The group, which is meeting this week and just last week was in meetings with drug manufacturers and WHO member states about the plans, says it hopes to have a draft agreement finalized by Friday to be voted on during next month’s World Health Assembly, according to the news service (Nebehay, 4/12).

Distribution Of Cholera Vaccine To High-Risk Populations In Haiti Could Reduce Infections, Death, Study Says

Administering cholera vaccines to people in Haiti who live in high-risk areas could drive down the number of cholera infections and deaths in the country, according to a study published Monday in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature News reports. The study is the latest to weigh in on the impact such vaccination efforts could have on reducing the spread of the disease, which has sickened 274,418 people and led to the deaths of 4,787 in Haiti, according to the publication (Brower, 4/11).

Also In Global Health News: Potential Corruption With DFID Funds; HIV/AIDS In Tanzania; Drug Substitution Program In Afghanistan; Rare Disease Consortium; Pnuemonococcal Vaccine In DRC

U.K.’s National Audit Office Warns DFID To Be On Guard Against Possible Corruption The U.K.’s National Audit Office (NAO) on Wednesday issued a report on the financial management of the Department for International Development (DFID) warning that “the UK had no clear picture of the ‘extent, nature and impact’ of…

Bill Gates Travels To Europe To Promote Global Health Investments

Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is in Europe this week “in an effort to persuade Europeans not to cut aid budgets in the face of austerity – and in particular not to reduce spending on vaccinations and agriculture,” the Wall Street Journal reports.