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News-Medical.Net Interviews UNICEF’s Chief Of Immunization

News-Medical.Net interviews Jos Vandelaer, UNICEF’s chief of immunization, about immunization programs in developing countries. According to the interview transcript, Vandelaer reflects on the current state of immunization around the world, noting “worldwide, immunization programs reach around 83 percent of all children”; outlines “UNICEF’s role in new vaccine introductions in developing…

Taliban Ban On Vaccines In Pakistan Affecting Children’s Health

Inter Press Service examines how Taliban control is threatening the lives of children in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), writing, “[T]he Taliban have imposed a complete ban on all vaccines against preventable childhood diseases, including polio — sometimes referred to simply as ‘infantile paralysis’ due to its crippling effects…

France 24 Video Report Examines Vaccine Industry

A video report from France 24’s “Beyond Business” examines the vaccine industry, “a $34 billion industry that’s saving millions of lives,” and asks, “[I]s the money spent on vaccines going as far as it should?” According to the summary, “The market is now dominated by the public-private partnership, the Global…

International Organization Leaders Discuss Medical Innovation At Symposium

“The leaders of three top international organizations in Geneva last week discussed synergies in public health and called for increased collaboration and creativity to [improve] medical innovation,” Intellectual Property Watch reports. “The directors general of the WHO, World Trade Organization and World Intellectual Property Organization addressed the [July 5] opening…

World Bank Announces $700M Bond Issuance For GAVI Alliance Immunization Programs

“Millions of children in the world’s poorest countries stand to benefit from a $700 million bond issue, whose proceeds will help fund immunization programs by the GAVI Alliance,” a World Bank press release reports. “The transaction — with buyers on five continents — was by far the largest by the…

Vaccine-Derived Polio Cases Do Not Impact India’s Polio-Free Status

The death of an infant from vaccine-derived polio in India’s Maharashtra state on Saturday “won’t impact the country’s march toward being certified polio-free,” the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog reports, noting the country has gone more than two years without a case of wild-type polio. According to the…

Polio Eradication Activities Can Help Improve Routine Immunization Efforts

Naveen Thacker, president-elect of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA), writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “Beyond the value of face-to-face advocacy, the polio eradication effort [in India and elsewhere] opens the door for the delivery of all essential vaccines and health services in a…

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