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GAVI Alliance To Fund HPV Immunization Projects In 8 Countries

The GAVI Alliance “is to help protect more than 180,000 girls in eight countries across Africa and Asia from cervical cancer by funding immunization projects with vaccines from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline,” Reuters reports in an article examining the group’s efforts to vaccinate young women with Merck’s Gardasil and GSK’s Cervarix, “the world’s…

Researchers Await Clinical Trial Results Of Potential TB Vaccine, Expected Early Next Week

“After nearly 100 years, researchers could be on the verge of finding a vaccine that would eradicate tuberculosis [TB] infections,” Reuters reports, noting, “Global health experts are eagerly awaiting clinical trial results, expected early next week, of the first new vaccine in 90 years designed to prevent tuberculosis infections.” The…

On FDR’s Birthday, International Community Should Honor His Legacy By Eradicating Polio

In an opinion piece in the GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Oshinsky notes “January 30 mark[ed] the 131st birthday of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the longest-serving American president,” and “reflects on the advances in the fight against polio, one of FDR’s greatest legacies.” He writes, “Roosevelt took up…

Roadside Bomb Kills 2 More Polio Workers In Pakistan

“A roadside bomb killed two Pakistani polio workers on their way to vaccinate children in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border on Thursday, an official said,” the Associated Press reports, noting, “The attack — the third this week against polio workers in Pakistan — took place in the…

Study Examines Effects of Partial Dose of Polio Vaccine on Immune Response

“A partial dose of polio vaccine was as good as a full one in providing a basic level of immunity against the crippling disease, according to a study that may offer poor countries a cheap, effective way of ensuring the disease doesn’t return after it’s eradicated in an area,” Bloomberg…

Gunmen In Pakistan Kill Police Officer Escorting Polio Vaccination Workers

In the latest round of violence affecting health workers in Pakistan, “[g]unmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer protecting polio workers during a U.N.-backed vaccination campaign in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, the police said,” the Associated Press reports (Khan, 1/29). The policeman, who was escorting two…

Blog Examines Next Steps Should A Therapeutic AIDS Vaccine Be Developed

In a post in the “Tomorrow Global” blog, Danielle Parsons, an HIV/AIDS specialist, highlights a number of advances made in the search for an AIDS vaccine, writing, “All of this work is promising, and it’s starting to feel like we’re back on track for a successful therapeutic vaccine in the…

Examining Benefits Of Vaccine Investment

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Joe Cerrell, director of the foundation’s Europe office, and David Ferreira, managing director for innovative finance and head of the Washington, D.C., office at the GAVI Alliance, examine the benefits of investing in vaccines, stating, “Funding and supporting the…

‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ Could Reduce Disease Burden On Korean Peninsula

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in a New Year’s Day speech, called for reductions in international tension and an end to confrontation with South Korea, while raising the prospect of reunification between the North and South,” Peter Hotez, president and director of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, notes in a Los…

Strain Of Polio From Pakistan Found In Egyptian Sewers; Vaccination Drives Planned

“Pakistani health officials Monday called for infants leaving the country to be issued polio vaccinations at airports after virus samples linked to a southern Pakistani city were discovered in Egypt,” Agence France-Presse reports. “Two sewage samples from Cairo were analyzed and found to resemble a recently discovered strain in the Pakistani city…

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