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WHO Asserts Vaccinations Save Millions Of Lives Each Year

As World Immunization Week kicks off, news outlets report on the WHO’s assertion that vaccinations save millions of lives each year. Agence France-Presse: WHO hits back at anti-vaccine deniers “The World Health Organization hit back on Wednesday against vaccine deniers who claim that immunization is pointless, risky, and that the…

NPR Interviews Gates On Why He Fights Diseases Abroad

NPR: Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home “This week in Seattle, Bill and Melinda Gates are attending a meeting of the minds. Five hundred of the world’s top innovators in global health have gathered for the Global Health Product Development Forum, an annual event in which scientists,…

CSIS Report Examines GAVI Replenishment

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) has published a new report, titled “Replenishing GAVI in 2014: Options for U.S. Engagement.” The report, by Katherine Bliss, senior associate with CSIS Global Health Policy Center, “reviews GAVI’s progress and challenges during the current phase of operations and offers recommendations for…

Sabin Vaccine Institute To Recognize 20 Years Since Founding

“In celebration of 20 years since its founding, the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) will bring together top leaders in the global health community for its 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium on Friday, April 25 in Washington, D.C.,” according to Sabin’s blog. Additional information about the symposium is available online (4/14).

Global Polio Eradication Would Be Worldwide Victory

Huffington Post: A Remarkable Achievement: 80 Percent of the World Now Polio-Free Tom Frieden, CDC director “I’m recently back from New Delhi where I attended meetings on global health security, tuberculosis, and HIV — and very importantly, participated in the World Health Organization’s event to certify Southeast Asia free of…

HPV Vaccine Effective Among Women With HIV, Study Shows

New York Times: Cancer Vaccine Proves Effective in HIV Patients “Vaccines against cervical cancer work well even in sexually active women with HIV, a new study has found. It also found that women who already have one or two strains of the cancer-causing virus can be protected against others…” (McNeil,…

Malaria Vaccine Close To Being Licensed

The Guardian: Malaria: is a vaccine the silver bullet? “… Malaria control efforts have taken many forms. … But with parasite species becoming resistant to the drugs and insecticides used to treat them, members of the global health community are putting more hope in vaccines as a promising new tool…

Equatorial Guinea Reports 2 Polio Cases After 15 Years Of Being Disease-Free

NPR: Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa “Health officials are worried. After being free of polio for nearly 15 years, Equatorial Guinea has two cases of the disease. … The outbreak is dangerous, in part, because Equatorial Guinea has the worst polio vaccination rate in the world: 39 percent…”…

2 HPV Vaccine Shots, Instead Of 3, Sufficient For Cancer Protection, WHO Says

The Guardian: Two shots of HPV vaccine against cervical cancer enough, says WHO “Reaching a greater number of girls in developing countries with the HPV vaccine that can prevent most cases of cervical cancer has just become more feasible. The World Health Organization’s expert advisory group said that two shots…

Guinea Brings Ebola Outbreak Under Control; Vaccine Still Years Away

News outlets report on progress to contain and stop West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Guinea Ebola outbreak under control: foreign minister “Guinea’s Foreign Minister Francois Fall said on Monday the west African country had brought the spread of the deadly Ebola virus under control after more than 100 people…

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