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Taliban Allows Polio Vaccination Team Access To Kunduz Following Cases Among Children

The Guardian: Polio in Afghanistan: ‘Americans bomb our children daily, why would they care?’ “Just over a fortnight ago, a 14-month-old girl in the Afghan province of Kunduz was diagnosed with polio. Within days, the Taliban granted health workers access to parts of northern Afghanistan for the first time in…

Blog Post Highlights MMWR Reports On DRC Yellow Fever Outbreak, Global Polio Surveillance Efforts

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Yellow fever, polio reports highlight obstacles to disease prevention, control, eradication Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” highlights two recent reports published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. One report discusses an August 2016 yellow fever outbreak in the…

April 2017 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The April 2017 WHO Bulletin includes editorials, news, and research and policy articles on various topics, including an editorial on antimicrobial resistance and the need for global commitments to be translated to regional and national action; a news article on social innovation for…

Scientists Begin Phase 2 Clinical Trial Of NIH-Developed Experimental Zika Vaccine

STAT: Scientists begin mid-stage trial of Zika vaccine for first time “Scientists have begun a Phase 2 trial of a vaccine to protect against the Zika virus, the first time an experimental Zika vaccine has gone beyond initial safety testing…” (Branswell, 3/31). Wall Street Journal: Experimental Zika Vaccine Shows Promising…

WHO, Partners Send 3.5M Yellow Fever Vaccine Doses To Brazil

Associated Press: U.N. sends 3.5M emergency yellow fever vaccines to Brazil “The World Health Organization said it and partners have shipped 3.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Brazil to help the country stamp out its worst outbreak in years…” (3/30).

Papers In Vaccine Journal Examine Overchilling Of Vaccines, Stock-Outs

The Economist: Managing supplies of vaccines is a huge problem “…[A] vial of vaccine that has been accidentally frozen, and then thawed, may lose its potency as surely as one that has been warmed up. A study published this week in Vaccine, by Celina Hanson of UNICEF and her colleagues,…

CDC’s MMWR Examines Yellow Fever Outbreak In DRC

CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”: Yellow Fever Outbreak — Kongo Central Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, August 2016 John O. Otshudiema of the Epidemic Intelligence Service Program and the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch in the Division of Bacterial Diseases at the CDC’s National Center for Immunization…

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