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Pakistan Begins Using Injectable Polio Vaccine In Effort To Eliminate Disease By 2016

Agence France-Presse: Pakistan launches new polio vaccine, aims for 2016 wipeout “Pakistan on Thursday formally launched an injectable polio vaccine, an important step to accelerate its polio eradication campaign as the authorities vowed to wipe out the disease by 2016. More than four million children will benefit from the inactivated…

CNN’s ‘Vital Signs’ Examines Efforts To Eradicate Polio In Nigeria

CNN: The race to zero: Nigeria’s fight to wipe out polio “…With [Nigeria’s polio immunization] coverage rates higher than many places in the world, complacency is now the campaign’s biggest enemy. It will be at least another two years before Nigeria can be officially certified polio free. Two more years…

Nepal Should Implement Widespread Typhoid Vaccination Program

Nature: Tackle Nepal’s typhoid problem now Buddha Basnyat, director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit at Patan Hospital “…[W]ide deployment of a vaccine [for typhoid fever] could be a useful — and lifesaving — measure. As part of the post-earthquake recovery plan, Nepal should kick-start a long-promised vaccination program.…

WHO-Led Fund Could Boost Vaccine Development For Potential Epidemic Diseases

New York Times: The Ebola Vaccine We Needed Editorial Board “…[T]he world needs a better mechanism for vaccine development. … Last month, the New England Journal of Medicine published a bold proposal by three doctors for an international vaccine fund with an initial capitalization of $2 billion. … The fund…

Blog Post Reviews Current R&D On Vaccines, Drugs For MERS

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: The latest in MERS R&D: Do we have the tools needed to prevent the next outbreak? Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, reviews research and development efforts on vaccines and drugs for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. She writes, “…Researchers and public health advocates alike are…