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Indian Government Announces Development Of Less-Expensive Rotavirus Vaccine

“The Indian government announced Tuesday the development of a new low-cost vaccine proven effective against a diarrhea-causing virus that is one of the leading causes of childhood deaths across the developing world,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. “The Indian manufacturer of the new rotavirus vaccine pledged to sell it for…

Science Magazine Examines Recent HIV Vaccine Clinical Trial Results

Science magazine reviews the disappointing results of two recent HIV vaccine clinical trials, which “sugges[t] that a successful vaccine, the most effective way to slow if not end the epidemic, lies far in the future.” The news service focuses on the experimental vaccines’ use of adenovirus vectors, which “are widely…

GlaxoSmithKline, Save The Children Form Partnership To Save Children’s Lives

“GlaxoSmithKline [GSK] is giving Save the Children $23 million and entering into a five-year partnership with the charity to try to save the lives of one million children,” the Associated Press/Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Straziuso, 5/9). “The initiative launched by the two organizations on Thursday in Kenya will see Save the…

Media Outlets Examines Gateses’ Role In Global Health

Noting philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates were in Washington, D.C., last weekend at the 150th annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, where they “were commended for changing the trajectory of international public health through their foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Science interviews the couple on a…

With GPEI Plan, Polio Eradication May Finally Be Within Reach

“After 25 years of remarkable achievements and sometimes harrowing setbacks, a successful conclusion to global polio eradication could finally be within reach,” Nellie Bristol, a fellow with the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., and J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice…

Opinion Pieces Address Global Vaccine Summit

Project Syndicate last week published two opinion pieces addressing the Global Vaccine Summit, held in Abu Dhabi from April 24-25, which was hosted by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in partnership with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Bill Gates,…

MSF, GAVI Alliance Vaccine Discussion Shows Complications In Global Health Programs

Writing in the American Public Health Association International Health Section’s “IH-Blog,” Jessica Keralis, IH Communications Committee chair, highlights three recently released advocacy videos by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) discussing child vaccines and a subsequent conversation between MSF and the GAVI Alliance over vaccine pricing. “The last video … talks about…

Haiti To Rollout Rotavirus Vaccine With Support From GAVI

GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog reports on Haiti’s plan to vaccinate 250,000 children with the rotavirus vaccine, an effort being supported by the GAVI Alliance. “As a result of GAVI’s efforts, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline will soon provide the oral rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix, to Haiti for a fraction of the retail cost,”…

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