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The Atlantic Examines Search For Universal Flu Vaccine

“The sudden outbreak [in 2009 of H1N1] drove home the realization that the world needs vaccines that are more effective and faster to make — not just to reduce the 250,000 to 500,000 deaths from seasonal flu that occur every year but also to prepare for the arrival of new,…

Stop Polio In Three Endemic Countries To Prevent Its Spread Elsewhere

“One of our worst fears was recently confirmed: Polio has returned to Syria for the first time in 14 years, infecting at least 10 young children,” Siddharth Chatterjee, chief diplomat at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, writes in an Al Jazeera opinion piece. “In…

Southern Afghanistan Marks 1 Year With No Recorded Polio Cases

“No new cases of wild poliovirus have been reported in southern Afghanistan in the last year, UNICEF said Tuesday, marking a crucial milestone in the country’s battle against the debilitating disease,” TIME reports, noting “Afghanistan is one of the three remaining countries (along with Pakistan and Nigeria) where polio is…

IRIN Examines Efforts To Stop Polio’s Spread In Horn Of Africa

“Efforts to stop the spread of polio in the Horn of Africa region are being ramped up with major immunization campaigns underway, targeting millions of vulnerable children,” IRIN reports. “There have been outbreaks in Kenya and Ethiopia, and more seriously neighboring Somalia, with 183 cases confirmed this year up to…

News Outlets Examine Regional Polio Vaccination Campaign In Middle East

The Christian Science Monitor examines polio vaccination efforts in Syria, writing, “[W]ith at least 10 recent confirmed cases of the paralyzing virus, international health workers are worried about a regional outbreak of the virus, particularly given the constant flow of Syrians to neighboring countries.” The news service writes, “Doctors and…

Financial Times Examines Implications Of Controversy Over Indian HPV Vaccination Study

The Financial Times examines how the deaths of seven female participants of a study on the cost and feasibility of incorporating human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines “into India’s public sector immunization program” has affected opinions of drug trials in the country. “[T]he program to vaccinate 14,000 adolescent girls from poor families…

WHO, Partners Launch Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap

“The [WHO] and its partners Thursday announced a new goal to license vaccines by 2030 that would sharply reduce malaria cases and eventually eliminate the disease,” VOA News reports (DeCapua, 11/14). The updated 2013 Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap “comes in addition to the original 2006 roadmap’s goal of having a…

Middle East Nations Sign Joint Resolution Declaring Polio Eradication An Emergency Priority

“Some 21 nations in the Middle East and nearby regions have jointly made the eradication of polio an emergency priority and recognized that Pakistan is a key part of the problem, the [WHO] said Wednesday,” the Associated Press reports (11/13). “Pakistan approved the resolution, which the WHO says includes Afghanistan, Bahrain,…

Preventing Childhood Diseases In India Must Be Prioritized

“As India celebrates Children’s Day [on Thursday], the frightening UNICEF statistic that 1.4 million children under five die every year in this country, the vast majority of them from preventable diseases, should not be forgotten,” T. Jacob John, a retired professor of clinical virology at Christian Medical College in Vellore,…

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