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More Action Needed To Determine Vaccines’ Heat Stability, Develop Better Cold Chains

The Guardian: Vaccine development: thinking out of the cold box Kate Elder, vaccines policy adviser for Médecins Sans Frontières’ Access Campaign “…[M]ore attention, and funds, need to be paid towards strengthening logistics and cold chain systems in these poorer countries, but we also need more action from the vaccine manufacturers…

World AIDS Vaccine Day Focuses Attention On Need For HIV Vaccine

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Celebrating progress on World AIDS Vaccine Day “…May 18 marked the observance of World AIDS Vaccine Day­­ — an annual event to focus attention on the need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS,” the blog states, and includes an infographic from AVAC…

CIA No Longer Will Use Fake Vaccination Programs As Covers, White House Official Says

News outlets report that in a written response to a group of public health school deans, President Obama’s top homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, states the CIA no longer will use vaccination programs for covert operations, as was done in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Associated Press/Minneapolis Star Tribune:…

Initiative In India Aims To Keep Country Polio-Free

BBC News: Eradicating polio one step at a time “A few years ago, India accounted for half the world’s cases of polio. Today it is officially clear of the disease. This remarkable feat is largely [due] to an army of women who, one step at a time, have crisscrossed the…

E.U. Nations Should ‘Contribute Their Fair Share’ To GAVI Alliance

EurActiv: E.U. must put its aid money where its mouth is on GAVI replenishment Renate Baehr, executive director of Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW) “…On May 20th, the European Commission will host the GAVI Alliance to discuss its future funding needs as the organization looks to expand its support for investment…

UNAIDS Addresses HIV Vaccine Research, LGBTI Human Rights

In two press releases, UNAIDS addresses HIV vaccine research and LGBTI human rights in the context of HIV. UNAIDS: On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, UNAIDS calls for scaled-up action to find a vaccine for HIV “On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day UNAIDS is urging for global efforts to be stepped up…

Measles Case Numbers Rise In Pakistan Despite Government Vaccination Program

IRIN: Is Pakistan losing the battle against measles? “Pakistan has seen a growing number of measles cases in recent years, with more than 25,000 reported last year, including 321 deaths. … The steady rise comes despite a government measles vaccination program that has been running for more than 35 years…”…

ACTION Releases Update To Its Donor Immunization Record

ACTION: Updated Donor Immunization Record Shows Impressive Accountability on Vaccines ACTION, a global partnership of advocacy organizations, recently “released an update to its Donor Immunization Record, revealing an impressive global accountability picture on child vaccines: 14 out of 17 major donors have delivered on their commitments to the GAVI Alliance…”…

Pakistan Faces Challenges To Vaccinating Against Polio

News outlets report on polio in Pakistan, one of three countries identified last week by the WHO as a main reservoir of the virus. BBC News: Pakistan’s deadly descent into polio contagion “Pakistan was close to eradicating polio 10 years ago. But conspiracy theories, a Taliban ascendancy and drive-by shootings…

World Health Assembly To Vote On Fate Of World’s Remaining Smallpox Stocks

NPR: Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO “…The World Health Assembly, the WHO’s decision-making body, is set to May 19 to vote on a to destroy the stocks of smallpox virus held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta,…

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