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President Obama Declares H1N1 National Emergency

President Barack Obama declared the H1N1 (swine) flu outbreak a national emergency, the Wall Street Journal reports. “The declaration, which Mr. Obama signed Friday, authorizes the administration to waive or modify certain federal requirements involving Medicare, Medicaid and health-privacy rules to speed treatment,” the newspaper writes (McKay/Simpson/Whalen, 10/26).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Infectious Diseases Review Examines Progress On Dengue Vaccine “The spread of dengue virus throughout the tropics represents a major, rapidly growing public health problem with an estimated 2.5 billion people at risk of dengue fever and the life-threatening disease, severe dengue,” write the authors of a Lancet Infectious Diseases…

Media Examines U.S., Mexico H1N1 Vaccine Campaigns, Health Effects Of Handwashing In Bolivia

The Washington Post examines H1N1 vaccine supplies across the U.S.: “With only a fraction of the tens of millions of doses of vaccine that authorities predicted would be available arriving in states, cities and towns, public health officials who spent months planning for a massive immunization program are instead scrambling to parcel out their limited supply of nasal sprays and shots,” the newspaper writes.

AFP Examines Recent HIV Vaccine Findings

Agence France-Presse examines how two recent studies have “boosted morale” among HIV vaccine researchers who have struggled for decades to develop a viable vaccine to protect people from the virus.

News Outlets Examine Challenges With Expanding Global Child Immunization Campaigns

Wednesday’s release of the WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank joint report on childhood vaccines highlighted gains in recent global vaccination campaigns and also found that nearly 24 million infants worldwide don’t get the recommended first-year vaccination. The following news outlets examined the challenges associated with the expansion of global immunization campaigns to reach this population:

Also In Global Health News: Nigeria Global Fund Grant; Pakistani Refugees; Guinea Violence

Nigeria Gets $669M Global Fund Grant For Health System Strengthening The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria awarded Nigeria a $669 million Round 8 grant for health system strengthening over five years, This Day/allAfrica.com reports. “During the grant signing ceremony in Abuja yesterday, Chairman of the occasion and…

Media Outlets Examine How AIDS Vaccine Trial Results Will Shape Future Studies

As the AIDS vaccine conference continues in Paris this week, Reuters examines how recent trials are helping researchers better understand ways to develop a vaccine that offers people protection from HIV. Researchers involved in Merck’s AIDS vaccine trial, which was halted in 2007 after it was feared the vaccine raised study participants’ risk of infection, presented follow-up data from the trial during the conference on Tuesday.