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Experimental Ebola Vaccine Safe, Effective In West African Trials, Scientists Report

The Guardian: Ebola vaccine is safe and effective, scientists declare after trials “A vaccine for Ebola which has completed successful trials in Guinea and Sierra Leone means the virus should never again be able to wreak the havoc it did during the recent epidemic in West Africa, say scientists…” (Boseley,…

Gavi, Education Above All Foundation Working Together To Reach SDGs In Cross-Sectoral Partnership

Devex: Education Above All, Gavi reach underserved communities with education and immunization “…Two groups that have come together to set the pace in [a cross-sectoral] partnership are the Education Above All Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that works to increase educational opportunities for underserved communities and fragile states, and Gavi, the…

Global Polio Eradication Campaign Expects Vaccine Supply Shortages

Newsweek: Critical Vaccine Shortage Threatens Polio Eradication Efforts “The international campaign to eradicate polio, which has vaccinated 2.5 billion people since it began in 1988 — nearly all of them children — has faced one setback after another. … Now, however, the fight faces a new threat: a critical shortage…

Opinion Piece, Editorial Discuss Availability, Development Of Zika, Ebola Vaccines

New York Times: A Zika Vaccine, but for Whom? Patrick Adams, freelance journalist, and Cameron Nutt, student at Harvard Medical School “The race for a Zika vaccine, one of the most pressing priorities in global health, is at full throttle. More than a dozen companies and government institutions are working…

CDC Publishes 50-Year Review Of Global Immunization Activities, Overview Of Future Directions

Public Health Reports Journal: Fifty Years of Global Immunization at CDC, 1966-2015 “…Since [the launch of the Smallpox Eradication Program in January 1966], CDC’s global immunization endeavors have encompassed global smallpox eradication, the establishment and growth of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) to strengthen national immunization programs, global efforts…

WHO Recognizes Health-Related Challenges, Successes Of 2016

WHO: WHO celebrates achievements in 2016, despite global health challenges In a year-end statement, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan announces the agency’s 2016 Year in Review report and highlights several challenges and successes from the year, including “the seemingly boundless human suffering experienced by civilians and health care staff in war…

WSJ Examines Emerging DNA Vaccine Technologies For Zika, Other Infectious Diseases

Wall Street Journal: America’s Next Defense Against Zika and Other Foreign Invaders “…The Zika epidemic is accelerating work on … experimental DNA vaccines, which could turn out to be America’s best defense against infectious disease outbreaks that now spread around the world with alarming speed, fueled by rising populations and…

Gavi Announces Special Commitment To Help Aid Agencies Purchase Vaccines For Syrian Children

STAT: Global nonprofit says it will help deliver vaccines to Syrian children “An international organization that helps low-income countries buy vaccines is going to assist aid agencies to purchase vaccines for children in war-torn Syria. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, announced the program Thursday following a meeting of its board. The…

Ugandan Researchers Testing Several Experimental Ebola Vaccines

PRI: Uganda is leading the world in the fight to find a vaccine for Ebola “…Uganda is especially susceptible to viral hemorrhagic fevers — a group of animal and human diseases transmitted by bodily fluids and known for causing profuse bleeding, high fevers, and an almost unprecedented mortality rate. Currently,…

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