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William Foege On Vaccinations, Smallpox

ScienceBlogs’ “Aetiology”: A conversation on smallpox and vaccination with Dr. William Foege Tara Smith, associate professor of epidemiology at Kent State University, discusses global vaccinations and smallpox with William Foege, “one of the scientists who led the global smallpox eradication efforts” (7/29).

Media Reports Cover Different Aspects Of Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on varying aspects of the West African Ebola outbreak. Agence France-Presse: Ebola discoverer says would sit next to victim on train “The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he…

AVAC Director Discusses Myths, Challenges Surrounding Vaccine Delivery

Deutsche Welle: Whether it’s polio, HPV or HIV, ‘crazy myths’ about vaccines run wild on social media “Scientists often think the health benefits of vaccines are obvious. But they are not. Disease prevention advocate, Mitchell Warren, says social media will help — if we can harness it…” (Abbany, 7/30).

GSK Applies For Approval Of World’s First Malaria Vaccine

Reuters: GSK seeks approval for world’s first malaria vaccine “GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world’s first vaccine against malaria, designed for children in Africa…” (Kelland, 7/24).

Afghanistan Risks Losing Gains In Health Care If Donors Cut Funding, MSF Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Afghanistan risks losing health gains made in the last decade — MSF “Afghanistan risks losing even the basic health gains it has made over the past decade if it becomes a ‘forgotten crisis’ when international troops leave the country at the end of the year, MSF’s [(Médecins…

Taliban Threatens To Stymie Polio Eradication Efforts In Pakistan

NPR: Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication “…Today the [Taliban] militant group continues to threaten to kill not only [polio] vaccinators but also parents who get their children immunized. That threat has had a chilling effect on anti-polio efforts nationwide. And it completely halted vaccination drives in some Taliban-controlled…

Africa’s Wealthiest Man Pledges To Build 11 Health Centers In Nigeria

Forbes: Africa’s Richest Man To Build 11 Health Centers in Nigeria To Combat Polio “Africa’s wealthiest man Aliko Dangote has pledged to build 11 health centers in Kano, a large commercial state in Nigeria’s northwestern region, in an effort to ensure routine immunization and the general physical health of indigenes…

Drug Resistance Is Economic, National Security Issue, Reuters Reports

Reuters: How to fix a broken market in antibiotics “…Waking up to the threat [of antibiotic drug resistance], governments and health officials are getting serious about trying to neutralize it. It may seem like a question of science, microbes, and drugs — but in truth it is a global issue…

Afghan Taliban Announces Polio Vaccination Ban In Southern Region

Wall Street Journal: Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination in Southern Province “The Afghan Taliban announced Monday a ban on polio vaccinations in a southern Afghan province, a move that sets back efforts to eradicate the crippling disease…” (Standcati, 7/7).

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