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Appointment Of Drug Company To GAVI Board Draws Criticism From NGOs

The appointment of Dutch pharmaceutical company Crucell, recently acquired by Johnson & Johnson, to the board of the GAVI Alliance is “sparking concerns over conflicts of interest and demands for tougher competition to reduce prices,” the Financial Times reports.

Recent Releases In Global Health

Where Is Global Health On The G8 Agenda?: As the G8 summit began in Deauville, France, on Thursday, David Olson, the council’s director of policy communications, wrote on the Global Health Council’s “Blog 4 Global Health” that “global health is nowhere visible on the agenda,” which “is in striking contrast to…

Nature Special Issue Focuses On Vaccines

The May 26 issue of Nature explores vaccines, which the journal says “are responsible for some of the world’s greatest public health triumphs.” Though new vaccines for deadly diseases have been developed in the past 10 years, and more are in development, “funding is tight, and unfounded doubts about the safety of vaccines persist.” The issue features stories on polio, measles, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as issues surrounding vaccine rejection and hysteria about risk (5/26).

Recent Releases In Global Health

HIV Research Funding: President and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Seth Berkley writes in a post on The Hill’s “Congress Blog”: “U.S. government support for research into HIV prevention – most notably an AIDS vaccine – has been crucial to seeding what scientists are calling a prevention revolution. Without it, we…

Haiti Presents Plan To Immunize 90 Percent Of Newborns

Haiti has a plan to vaccinate 90 percent of newborns by 2015, according to the Pan American Health Organization, but “[w]hether the plan works will depend on Haiti’s ability to reverse decades of incompetent government and bad coordination among aid groups,” as well as whether there will be funding, the New York Times reports.

Two Drug Makers Will Disclose Prices They Charge UNICEF For Vaccines

The Telegraph reports that when “UNICEF began publishing prices agreed with suppliers for a range of vaccines over the past decade, … some companies – including GSK, Novartis, Intervax and Crucell – did not initially allow disclosure.”

Bill Gates Calls For Greater Immunization Efforts In World Health Assembly Address

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Tuesday called for a “Decade of Vaccines” in a keynote address at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, saying strengthening immunization programs against infectious diseases worldwide could save 10 million lives by 2020, Reuters reports. He said countries should aim for 90 percent immunization coverage against diseases such as polio, meningitis and pneumonia and said pharmaceutical companies should work to make existing and new vaccines affordable to developing countries, according to the news agency (Nebehay, 5/17).