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U.S. Government Officials Weigh In On Measles Vaccination Debate

NPR: CDC Director: ‘Unfortunately, I’m Not Surprised’ By Measles’ Rise “Robert Siegel talks to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the current measles outbreak in the U.S. and the government’s response…” (Siegel, 2/4). Washington Post: The politics of the vaccination debate In this video,…

Experts Urge Continuing Polio Surveillance In Syria, Iraq To Ensure No New Cases

IRIN: Has Syria really beaten polio? “The World Health Organization has announced that Syria has seen no new cases of polio in the past year, but some health experts question the quality of the surveillance that led to this conclusion. … Last week, at a regional polio review conference held…

Despite Risks, Polio Workers Continue Drive To Eradicate Disease In Pakistan

The Guardian: Karachi polio workers defy Pakistan militants’ murderous campaign “…[A]ttacks have had a devastating effect on the drive to eradicate polio in Pakistan, with cases rocketing to more than 300 last year. And health workers in Karachi … face an exceptionally daunting task. … But in the city’s new…

As Ebola Epidemic Slows, Experts Look To Strategies To Prevent Future Outbreaks

Reuters: In pursuit of next-generation Ebola stockpile vaccines “As West Africa’s devastating Ebola outbreak begins to dwindle, scientists are looking beyond the endgame at the kind of next-generation vaccines needed for a vital stockpile to hit another epidemic hard and fast…” (Kelland/Hirschler, 2/1). SciDev.Net: SciDev.Net Podcast: Vaccines and design against…

Large-Scale Trial Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine Begins In Liberia

Associated Press: Ebola vaccines trial starts in Liberia “A large-scale human trial of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia’s capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa…” (Paye-Layleh, 2/2). International Business…

Gates Foundation Awards Stanford University $50M For Vaccine Development Efforts

Reuters: Gates Foundation awards $50 million to Stanford vaccine discovery “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said on Friday it had awarded Stanford University a $50 million grant to accelerate vaccine development efforts for the world’s most deadly diseases, including AIDS and malaria…” (Cavaliere, 1/30).