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Nine Polio Workers Killed In Northern Nigeria

“Nine female polio vaccinators have been killed in two shootings at health centers in northern Nigeria, police have told the BBC,” the news agency reports. “In the first attack in Kano the polio vaccinators were shot dead by gunmen who drove up on a motor tricycle,” and “[t]hirty minutes later gunmen…

IDB To Provide $251M Loan For Pakistan’s Polio Vaccination Program

“The Islamic Development Bank has approved a $251 million loan for Pakistan’s anti-polio program as attacks against health workers continue,” Devex’s “Development Newswire” reports. “The loan will finance a program worth $300 million, which will be managed by the Pakistani government until 2015, when the disease is expected to be…

Uganda’s Childhood Immunization Programs Face Challenges, IRIN Reports

“Inadequate funding, a shortage of health staff, and poor adherence to vaccination schedules are some of the reasons for declining immunization levels in Uganda, which experts say threatens efforts to reduce preventable deaths among children,” IRIN reports. “The main challenge has been establishing an immunization program that can function smoothly year after…

TB Vaccine Candidate Trial Results Are ‘Landmark’ In Fight Against Disease

“Today marks an important landmark for the fight against tuberculosis (TB),” with the publication in the Lancet of clinical trial results showing the TB vaccine candidate MVA85A “was no more effective in protecting infants from developing pulmonary TB than” the standard Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine, Peggy Johnston, senior program officer at the…

Experimental TB Vaccine Does Not Protect Infants, Study Shows

“Hopes that a much needed new tuberculosis [TB] vaccine was on the way, the first for 90 years, have been dashed by trial results showing it did not protect babies against the disease,” the Guardian reports (Boseley, 2/4). “The vaccine, known as MVA85A, is the most advanced of more than a dozen TB vaccines…

MSF Claims Aid For Vaccines Subsidizing Pharmaceutical Companies, Guardian Reports

“Large sums of public money intended to ensure children in the developing world are immunized against disease are effectively being used to subsidize Big Pharma, doctors working in the field claim,” the Guardian reports. “Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) … says vaccines bought with U.K. and other donor governments’ money cost too much…

GAVI Alliance To Fund HPV Immunization Projects In 8 Countries

The GAVI Alliance “is to help protect more than 180,000 girls in eight countries across Africa and Asia from cervical cancer by funding immunization projects with vaccines from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline,” Reuters reports in an article examining the group’s efforts to vaccinate young women with Merck’s Gardasil and GSK’s Cervarix, “the world’s…

Researchers Await Clinical Trial Results Of Potential TB Vaccine, Expected Early Next Week

“After nearly 100 years, researchers could be on the verge of finding a vaccine that would eradicate tuberculosis [TB] infections,” Reuters reports, noting, “Global health experts are eagerly awaiting clinical trial results, expected early next week, of the first new vaccine in 90 years designed to prevent tuberculosis infections.” The…

On FDR’s Birthday, International Community Should Honor His Legacy By Eradicating Polio

In an opinion piece in the GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Oshinsky notes “January 30 mark[ed] the 131st birthday of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the longest-serving American president,” and “reflects on the advances in the fight against polio, one of FDR’s greatest legacies.” He writes, “Roosevelt took up…