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India’s Government To Launch First-Ever Leprosy Vaccine, Developed In-Country

The Guardian: India rolls out world’s first leprosy vaccine as fight goes on ‘war footing’ “…Today India accounts for more than 60 percent of the world’s new leprosy cases and health officials have quietly moved to a ‘war footing’ against it, one senior researcher says. This week the government announced…

Supply Chains Need To Be Strengthened To Ensure Life-Saving Vaccines Reach Those In Need

Forbes: Are Vaccines Getting To Where They Need To Go? Bruce Y. Lee, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center, and director of operations research at the International Vaccine Access Center “…Without vaccine supply chains, vaccines cannot make it…

Yellow Fever Outbreak In Angola, DRC Not Public Health Emergency But Remains Serious, WHO Says

CIDRAP News: WHO: Yellow fever not a public health emergency “[Wednesday] the World Health Organization (WHO) held its second emergency committee meeting on yellow fever under the International Health Regulations and said the current outbreak in West Africa still does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)…”…

U.S. Congress Should Fund Response To Zika Virus, Support Research Efforts

Washington Post: CDC and NIH officials: Congress is showing how not to fight the Zika virus Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH “…Without additional [Zika] funds, the path…

Global Health Preparedness Critical For Effective Disease Outbreak Responses

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: On Global Health and Being “Prepared” Rebecca Martin, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health, discusses global health preparedness in the context of measles elimination, writing, “Being ‘prepared’ can be defined as having the right tools and the right workforce in place to respond and…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Zika Response

Nature: Don’t redirect Ebola cash to Zika vaccines Editorial Board “…Taking money from much-needed research and health care to develop a vaccine against one disease itself costs lives. … When Congress returns to session on 6 September, the U.S. administration should insist on a permanent fund from which public health…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Zika Response

Washington Post: Zika is spreading in Florida, but Congress still hasn’t approved cash to fight it Editorial Board “…Local governments and public health agencies are scrambling to control [Zika’s] spread, provide diagnostics, educate the public, and search for a vaccine. But instead of acting, Republican majorities in Congress have taken…

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