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Nigeria To Mark 1 Year With No Recorded Polio Cases

The Guardian Nigeria: Cautious optimism as Nigeria marks one year without polio “Notwithstanding warnings by experts and donor agencies that the country may not be certified until 2017, Nigeria [will Friday] be successfully marking one year without polio. However, President, Nigerian Academy of Science and Chairman Expert Review Committee on…

Presidents Buhari, Obama Should Commit To Ending Polio In Nigeria, Africa

The Hill: Buhari and Obama can end polio in Africa Oyewale Tomori, president of the Nigerian Academy of Science “…Nigeria’s progress to date [on polio] is encouraging, but the country must go an additional two years without a case to be certified polio-free along with the rest of the WHO…

Sanofi Hopes To Improve Public Health, Profits With New Dengue Vaccine

Financial Times: Sanofi confident dengue drug will benefit patients and investors “…[D]rugs group Sanofi has produced the world’s first vaccine for the mosquito-borne viral disease [dengue], which it expects to launch by the end of this year. While Sanofi is championing the potential public health benefits of the vaccine, the…

Lessons Learned From Nigeria’s Polio Eradication Efforts Can Help Other Nations Eliminate Ebola

The Lancet: Lessons from polio to Ebola Editorial Board “…[T]o conclusively achieve the goal [of disease elimination] it is crucial to confront and overcome people’s fears and build their trust. Furthermore, improvements in public health and infrastructure are probably more important than novel interventions themselves. … Polio eradication in Nigeria…

Number Of Nations Reaching Immunization Goals Doubled Since 2000, But Challenges Remain, U.N. Data Show

News outlets report on updated WHO/UNICEF data on global immunizations. International Business Times: U.N. Agencies Say Number Of Countries Meeting Global Immunization Target Has Doubled “Between 2000 and 2014, the number of countries ensuring 90 percent coverage of children receiving routine, life-saving vaccinations doubled, UNICEF and the World Health Organization…

Nigeria Defeating Polio With Innovative Public Health Measures

Nature News: Smart shots bring Nigeria to brink of polio eradication “…Nigeria is on the brink of being free of the virus, thanks in large part to its embrace of innovative approaches to vaccination and public health. On 24 July, Nigeria will mark one year since it recorded a case…

2 Clinical Trials Of Experimental Ebola Vaccines Begin In Europe, Africa

Reuters: Two new trials of Ebola vaccines begin in Europe and Africa “Two new Ebola vaccine trials began on Wednesday with volunteers in Britain, France, and Senegal getting ‘prime-boost’ immunizations developed by Bavarian Nordic, GlaxoSmithKline, and Johnson & Johnson…” (Kelland, 7/15).

Reuters Examines Challenges Of Bringing First Malaria Vaccine To Market

Reuters: Caveats, costs, and complexities shadow first malaria vaccine “…Backed by billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and developed by GlaxoSmithKline, the vaccine — called RTS,S or Mosquirix — is being assessed by regulators and global health authorities. Granting it a license and recommending it for rollout in sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria…

Measles Outbreak In Cameroon Advances Because Parents Refused Vaccinations

VOA News: Measles Virus Races Through Northwest Cameroon “A measles epidemic is sweeping through northwestern Cameroon, with reports of more than 300 children infected and several deaths in just a week. Dr. Sama Julius of the expanded immunization program in northwestern Cameroon said the epidemic got its start because people…