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Political, Public Health Leaders Convene In Gulf For Global Vaccine Summit

“Political and public health leaders meeting in the Gulf this week will back a $5.5 billion plan to eradicate polio within five years, despite repeated setbacks including a recent spate of assassinations of health workers giving vaccines,” the Financial Times reports. “Government officials from Abu Dhabi will join senior European,…

Blog Posts Address Goal Of Universal Immunization

World Immunization Week (April 21-28) aims to raise awareness that immunizations avert two to three million deaths annually, but an estimated 22 million infants are not fully immunized with routine vaccines. The following blog posts address childhood immunizations. Seth Berkley, Project Syndicate: “[B]y avoiding illness, infants have a greater chance…

Bill Gates Reflects On Global Vaccine Summit In Foundation Blog

“This week I’m going to Abu Dhabi to attend the Global Vaccine Summit to celebrate the tremendous progress the world has made in ending polio and immunizing children,” Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “We’ll be there to do…

Britain To ‘Stand Together’ With Other Stakeholders To Eradicate Polio

“[V]accinations play a huge part in deciding a country’s long-term health,” and “[t]he more healthy a population, the better able it is to contribute to and benefit from economic development,” British Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening writes in an Independent opinion piece. “Britain will not stand on…

Vaccine Development Expensive But Worthy Of Investment From Congress

“During the last three decades, the biopharmaceutical industry has invested significantly in new and improved vaccines,” and “[t]he collaborative efforts of the [CDC], [the WHO], national governments and industry have led to major progress in addressing global immunization goals and reducing illness and death due to vaccine-preventable diseases,” Jim Greenwood,…

Blog Interviews Head Of Ghana’s Immunization Program

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog features an interview with K.O. Antwi-Agyei, a physician who “manages the Expanded Programme on Immunization in Ghana, where he oversees the day-to-day work to ensure vaccines reach children across the country.” According to the transcript, Antwi-Agyei discusses how vaccines have helped…

Pakistani Taliban Deny Responsibility For Attacks On Polio Workers

“The Pakistani Taliban on Friday denied any involvement in attacks on polio workers, which have killed 21 people since December, but confirmed it opposed the vaccination as ‘un-Islamic,'” Agence France-Presse reports. Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesperson for the umbrella group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), told AFP, “We have no link with the attacks on…

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