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AVAC Director Discusses Myths, Challenges Surrounding Vaccine Delivery

Deutsche Welle: Whether it’s polio, HPV or HIV, ‘crazy myths’ about vaccines run wild on social media “Scientists often think the health benefits of vaccines are obvious. But they are not. Disease prevention advocate, Mitchell Warren, says social media will help — if we can harness it…” (Abbany, 7/30).

Efforts To Develop Ebola Vaccine Underway But Lack Funding

News outlets report on efforts to develop vaccines and other treatments for Ebola virus, which continues to spread in West Africa. The Atlantic: Where Does Ebola Come From? “The worst Ebola virus outbreak ever is ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. So far, the disease has killed 670 people and…

William Foege On Vaccinations, Smallpox

ScienceBlogs’ “Aetiology”: A conversation on smallpox and vaccination with Dr. William Foege Tara Smith, associate professor of epidemiology at Kent State University, discusses global vaccinations and smallpox with William Foege, “one of the scientists who led the global smallpox eradication efforts” (7/29).

Taliban Threatens To Stymie Polio Eradication Efforts In Pakistan

NPR: Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication “…Today the [Taliban] militant group continues to threaten to kill not only [polio] vaccinators but also parents who get their children immunized. That threat has had a chilling effect on anti-polio efforts nationwide. And it completely halted vaccination drives in some Taliban-controlled…

Afghanistan Risks Losing Gains In Health Care If Donors Cut Funding, MSF Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Afghanistan risks losing health gains made in the last decade — MSF “Afghanistan risks losing even the basic health gains it has made over the past decade if it becomes a ‘forgotten crisis’ when international troops leave the country at the end of the year, MSF’s [(Médecins…

GSK Applies For Approval Of World’s First Malaria Vaccine

Reuters: GSK seeks approval for world’s first malaria vaccine “GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world’s first vaccine against malaria, designed for children in Africa…” (Kelland, 7/24).

U.N. Takes Measures To Curb Polio Spread In Middle East

News outlets report on U.N. efforts to curb the spread of polio in the Middle East region. Reuters: Polio still threatens Middle East after Syria, Iraq cases: U.N. “Thirty-six children in Syria and two in Iraq have been paralyzed by polio since October, and the risk of the virus spreading…

Nearly 22M Infants Went Unvaccinated In 2013, Report Shows

GlobalPost: U.N. reports 21.8 million infants weren’t vaccinated in 2013 “Nearly 22 million infants around the world were not vaccinated last year that should have been, according to a report released last week by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The startling number underscores the need for innovations in vaccination…