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Polio Vaccination Teams In Afghanistan Helping World Close In On Elimination Goal

Los Angeles Times: This boy could be one of the world’s last victims of polio “…The narrow Sheltan valley [in Afghanistan], a haven for the Taliban and other insurgents along the border with Pakistan, is also one of the world’s last redoubts for the crippling childhood disease. There have been…

Haiti, U.N. Begin Cholera Vaccination Effort To Reach 800K People Impacted By Hurricane Matthew

NPR: Haiti Launches Largest-Ever Cholera Vaccination Campaign “Haiti on Tuesday launched the largest emergency cholera vaccination campaign ever attempted. The plan is to try to vaccinate 800,000 people in parts of the country devastated by Hurricane Matthew…” (Beaubien, 11/8). U.N. News Centre: U.N.-backed cholera vaccination campaign kicks off [Tuesday] in…

U.S. Researchers Begin Testing Of Another Experimental Zika Vaccine

NPR: Testing Begins On An Experimental Zika Vaccine With Inactivated Virus “Federal scientists have launched another test in human volunteers of a Zika vaccine. This one uses a more traditional approach than an experiment that started in August. Federal officials are eager to develop a vaccine as quickly as possible,…

NPR Examines Challenges To Cholera Treatment, Prevention In Haiti, Other Areas

NPR: Cholera 101: Why An Ancient Disease Keeps On Haunting Us “…The water-borne disease has been around for centuries, and it remains a global health risk. According to the World Health Organization there are roughly three million cases a year and 90,000 deaths. The worst epidemic is now in Haiti,…

Angola, UNICEF Continue Efforts To Prevent Yellow Fever Since End Of Outbreak In June

UNICEF: In Angola, keeping yellow fever cases at zero Marcos Gonzalez, Heitor Lourenço, and Manuel Francisco of UNICEF describe Angola’s success in preventing any confirmed cases of yellow fever since late June and the agency’s and country’s continued efforts to support vaccination and prevention efforts (10/31).

Collaboration, Innovation Critical To Zika Efforts, Preventing Future Pandemics

The Hill: We need a dose of global collaboration to fight Zika Nima Farzan, chief executive officer of PaxVax, Inc. and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) delegate on the board of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations “…Today, the Zika virus represents a new, potentially devastating pandemic throughout Latin America…

Smart, Coordinated Efforts Can Help Stimulate Innovation, Improve Global Health

STAT: Smart strategies and collaboration can help improve global health Natalie Revelle, deputy director of program-related investments at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…[S]mart, coordinated efforts by governments, international organizations, and impact investors can engage the private sector to better serve the poorest populations. … Guarantees [for a certain…

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