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The Guardian Examines GAVI Mid-Term Review, Ongoing Meeting

The Guardian examines the GAVI Alliance’s 2013 Mid-Term Review report, which “says [the group] is on track to enable developing countries to immunize an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015, but acknowledges that it needs to improve on equity.” GAVI “will assess its progress in Stockholm, Sweden, on…

War, Conflict Hinders Global Polio Eradication Efforts

In an opinion piece in The Conversation, John Rhodes, a fellow at the Royal College of Pathologists, examines how war, conflict and distrust in Syria are hindering global polio eradication efforts. “War in the country has seriously affected health services and immunization programs, and suspected polio in 22 children has…

Brazil To Produce Measles, Rubella Vaccine For Developing Countries

“Brazil’s top biomedical research and development center announced plans on Monday to produce a combined measles and rubella vaccine for developing countries, mainly in Africa,” Reuters reports. “The first Brazilian vaccine developed specifically for export will be made by Bio-Manguinhos, a unit of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), in partnership…

MSF Calls On GAVI To Make ‘Four Key’ Changes

“Several key policy changes are urgently needed at the GAVI Alliance to help reduce the number of children not benefiting from vaccination globally (22.6 million in 2012),” Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) writes in a press release describing “four key areas where changes at GAVI could make an important difference.” Manica…

U.N., Syria Launch Campaign To Vaccinate 2.5 Children Against Polio

“The United Nations has announced that it will vaccinate 2.5 million children and eight million others in Syria to prevent a widespread outbreak of polio,” GlobalPost reports (Stainburn, 10/26). “As Syria awaits confirmation of suspected polio cases in the east of the country, UNICEF has joined the [WHO] and other…

Citizens Must Hold Leaders Accountable For Childhood Immunization Funding Through GAVI

“In its Mid-Term Review report released October 14, GAVI announced it is on pace to avert four million future deaths by 2015,” Joan Awunyo-Akaba, the civil society representative on the GAVI Alliance Board, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece, adding, “This progress hinges on the continued efforts of…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Efforts To Eradicate Polio

The following editorial and opinion pieces address efforts to eradicate polio. World Polio Day was recognized on October 24. The Lancet: Noting newly confirmed cases of polio in Syria, challenges to polio vaccination campaigns in Pakistan, and continued outbreaks in the Horn of Africa, the editorial states these “are pertinent…

Scandinavian Study Shows HPV Vaccination Safe

“In a large study of nearly a million girls in Denmark and Sweden, the human papillomavirus [HPV] vaccine was not linked to short- or long-term health problems,” Reuters reports. “Previously, isolated incidents of blood clots or other problems had been pegged to the vaccine, but this large new study did…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Address World Polio Day

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces and an editorial marking World Polio Day, which is observed annually on October 24. James Shannon, Huffington Post U.K. blog: “While people are still at risk of contracting this disease, our efforts to eradicate polio — and to keep it at…

IRIN Examines Potential Rollout Of HIV/AIDS Vaccine

An IRIN analysis examines how nations need to prepare for the distribution of a future HIV/AIDS vaccine. “Increased attention to the delivery of HIV prevention and treatment programs is needed to prepare communities for a potential rollout of a vaccine, which will most probably be partially effective, experts say,” IRIN…

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