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U.S. Investment In Global Immunizations Can Protect Americans, Children Worldwide

Los Angeles Times: The measles outbreaks that matter the most aren’t happening here Andrea Gay, executive director of children’s health at the United Nations Foundation and a member of the Measles & Rubella Initiative “…There are still millions of children around the world who don’t have access to the measles…

Health Care Workers Play Important Role In Educating Parents About Immunizations

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: The Vaccine Talk: A Crucial Moment for Parents, Children, and Health Workers Margarite Nathe, senior editor/writer at IntraHealth International, discusses how misinformation is a common factor in resistance to immunizations worldwide and the importance of health care workers in bridging the gap “between misinformation and a parent’s…

U.S. Should Lead By Example In Efforts To Immunize Children Worldwide

Huffington Post: The Consensus Around Vaccines Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF “The current measles outbreak in the U.S. raises serious concerns — not just from a domestic public health standpoint, but from a global one as well. … Every year, globally, 1.5 million…

CGD Working Paper, Policy Brief Examine Gavi’s Impact On Vaccination Rates

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Understanding Gavi’s Impact on Vaccination Rates Sarah Dykstra, research associate, Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and senior fellow, Charles Kenny, senior fellow, and Justin Sandefur, research fellow, all at the Center for Global Development, discuss the launch of a working…

Researcher Describes Long Road To Develop Experimental Ebola Vaccine

Associated Press: Twists, turns, eventually lead to promising Ebola vaccine “It took 16 years of twists and turns. Over and over, Dr. Nancy Sullivan thought she was close to an Ebola vaccine, only to see the next experiment fail. … But it is those failures that Sullivan credits for finally…

Immunizations ‘Have Revolutionized Public Health’

New York Times: The Dangers of Vaccine Denial Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “…If we’re going to denounce the Taliban for blocking polio vaccinations, we should be just as quick to stand up to health illiteracy in our midst. First, a word on vaccines: They have revolutionized public health.…

GHIT Joins Gates Foundation In Grand Challenge Against NTDs, Pledges Initial $4M For Drug, Vaccine Development

SciDev.Net: Japan joins Gates’s Grand Challenge on tropical diseases “The Gates Foundation and Japan [on Thursday] launched a Grand Challenge to tackle neglected diseases, with an initial funding pledge of U.S. $4 million supplied jointly with Japanese companies. … The Tokyo-based Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund, of which the [Gates…

Upcoming Elections Could Threaten Nigeria’s Current Polio-Free Status, Experts Worry

TIME: Nigerian Elections Threaten Campaign to Make Africa Polio-Free “…If [Nigeria] can stay [polio-free] another six months it will be removed from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) polio-endemic list, leaving just Pakistan and Afghanistan behind. But the general election, on February 14, has global public health officials worried that Nigeria…