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Two Studies Show Oral Cholera Vaccine Effective In India, Guinea

“A study released [Friday in The Lancet] shows that an oral cholera vaccine made in India is the first such vaccine to offer significant protection for five years, while another new report says the vaccine was well-accepted in an immunization campaign last year in the African country of Guinea,” CIDRAP…

Despite Achievements, GAVI Alliance Continues To Face Challenges In Childhood Immunization Efforts

A Lancet editorial discusses the GAVI Alliance’s 2013 Mid-Term Review, released this week, noting the report “examines the organization’s progress midway through the period 2011-15” and states that “by 2014, 73 countries with GAVI’s support will introduce five-in-one pentavalent vaccines, including fragile states — Haiti, Burma, Somalia, and South Sudan.”…

Scientific American Reviews Findings Presented At AIDS Vaccine 2013

“Given that the AIDS pandemic has been around for 30 years …, the long-awaited goal [of developing an HIV vaccine] might finally be attainable, according to researchers attending the AIDS Vaccine 2013 conference last week in Barcelona,” Scientific American reports in an article summarizing clinical trial findings presented at the…

Search For HIV/AIDS Vaccine ‘A Roller Coaster Ride Marked By Highs And Lows’

The AIDS Vaccine 2013 conference that concluded last week in Barcelona “may best be described as a roller coaster ride marked by highs and lows,” Linda Villarosa, the journalism program director at City College in Harlem, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Healthy Living” blog. She summarizes several study results presented…

BBC News Features Interactive Worldwide Vaccination Coverage Maps

BBC News features three interactive maps on worldwide vaccination coverage for measles, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough), or DTP. “These maps chart the growth of global vaccine coverage from 1980 and show which countries are doing best — and worst — at protecting…

GAVI Alliance On Track To Immunize Quarter Billion Children By 2015, Report Shows

“The GAVI Alliance … has announced it is on track to immunize a quarter of a billion children against killer diseases by 2015,” VOA News reports (Schlein, 10/14). “That’s the conclusion of the Mid-Term Review report, a comprehensive and transparent assessment published [Monday] aimed at examining the progress GAVI has…

Clinical Trial Testing Hookworm Vaccine To Begin In Gabon Next Year

“The first African clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against hookworm is planned for next year,” the New York Times reports. Though rarely fatal, the worms are especially a concern among children who often go barefoot, the newspaper notes, adding, “By constantly draining their victims’ blood, the worms cause anemia,…

IAVI, Partners Working To Prevent ‘Brain Drain’ In Developing Countries

In a guest post on the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, Elisabeth Wilhelm, senior media specialist at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), “writes about the need to invest in the next generation of researchers and scientists in sub-Saharan Africa,” according to the introduction. “Access to quality education…

GAVI Alliance Releases Mid-Term Review

The GAVI Alliance released its 2013 Mid-Term Review, which reports on the organization’s 2011-2015 strategy. The report, including an overview and sections on results, challenges, prospects and key indicators, is available online (October 2013).

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