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Police Escort Of Polio Workers Killed In Northern Pakistan

“Health workers administering polio vaccinations to children came under attack in northern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing their police escort, authorities said,” CNN reports. “Two women administering the shots entered a house on the outskirts of Mardan when two assailants on a motorbike opened fire on them, according to Danishwar Khan, a local…

Rwanda To Roll Out Combined Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign

“Rwanda has been so successful at fighting measles that next month it will be the first country to get donor support to move to the next stage — fighting rubella too,” the New York Times reports. “On March 11, it will hold a nationwide three-day vaccination campaign with a combined measles-rubella vaccine,…

Twenty Doctors Suspected Of Embezzling Funds From GAVI Arrested In Niger

“Niger arrested about 20 doctors suspected of embezzling funds from a charity promoting vaccination in poor countries, … judicial and police sources said on Monday,” Reuters reports. “The new investigation centers on some $1.5 million donated between 2007 and 2010 by the GAVI Alliance, backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,…

New Leprosy Test, Experimental Vaccine Might Hasten Disease Elimination, Slate Reports

Slate examines a new rapid diagnostic test and an experimental vaccine for leprosy, both developed by the Infectious Disease Research Institute in Seattle, writing, “The two tools together could finally free humans from the vicious cycle of a disease that has afflicted the population for at least 4,000 years.” According to Slate, “The…

Oral Polio Vaccine Cold Chain Disruption In Pakistan Could Compromise Immunization Effectiveness, Health Officials Warn

Health officials in Pakistan “have formally complained to the WHO concerning the quality of [oral polio vaccine (OPV)] doses distributed by the U.N. body,” SciDev.Net reports, noting 58 children became infected with polio in 2012 despite having received the vaccine. Abdul Wakeel, assistant director of the government’s immunization program in the Khyber…

Scientists Create New Strain Of Polio To Protect Vaccine Factory Workers

“Scientists have created new strains of polio intended to protect workers in factories that make polio vaccine,” the New York Times reports. “The new strains have the same ability to invoke an immune reaction as the live viruses now used to make vaccine do, but there is virtually no risk anyone will…

‘Vaccine Patch’ Could Make Immunizations Cheaper, Easier

“An innovative new way to deliver vaccines could drastically improve the health of the third world, and even the first world, by making vaccines cheaper and easier to distribute and use,” Business Insider reports, adding, “The ‘vaccine patch’ would be as easy to apply as a Band-Aid, and would be stable for…

Blogs Examine Root Causes, Implications Of Myths About Polio Vaccination

Citing a review by Telegraph correspondent Rob Crilly criticizing the film Zero Dark Thirty “for getting its facts wrong about the CIA vaccination campaign that sought to confirm the DNA of [Osama] bin Laden’s children,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in the Humanosphere blog, “Crilly’s larger point is to say that the film…

Learning From India’s Success In Eradicating Polio

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Shelley Thakral, senior communications officer for the foundation’s India Country Office, interviews Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the foundation, about his recent trip to India “to observe the experience of Bihar, a state in Northern…

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