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During Travel To India, Bill And Melinda Gates Discuss Global Health Efforts

News outlets report on Bill and Melinda Gates’s visit this week to India. Hindustan Times: Bill Gates shares Modi vision of affordable toilets “Having stepped down as chairman and then turning to a ‘technology adviser’ for Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella, he now spends his time trying to save people…

Drug Mix-Up Caused Deaths Of Syrian Children; Opposition Coalition To Issue Final Report

News outlets report on the vaccine mix-up in Syria that led to the death of at least 15 young children. Forbes: Vaccine Mix-Up In Syria Not Uncommon In U.S., Canada “…A preliminary investigation by the National Coalition revealed that instead of the measles vaccine, the infants received atracurium, a neuromuscular…

First British Volunteer Receives Experimental Ebola Vaccine

News outlets report on the announcement that the first British volunteer was injected this week with an experimental Ebola vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Associated Press: 1st U.K. volunteer gets experimental Ebola vaccine “British scientists say a former nurse has become the first person…

WHO To Investigate Vaccine Mix-Up That Killed At Least 15 Children In Syria

News outlets report on the death of at least 15 Syrian children after they were administered a contaminated measles vaccine. Associated Press: 15 Syrian children die after getting vaccinations “At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of northwestern Syria, while the death toll from two days…

Late Start On Ebola Therapies Means Outbreak Outpacing Drug, Vaccine Development

ScienceInsider: Ebola vaccine: Little and late “…Administration officials have begun working with industry to speed manufacturing of experimental drugs and vaccines [for Ebola]. ‘We’re trying to do everything we can to scale up product,’ says Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and…

Sanofi Pasteur Works To End Polio By 2018

SciDev.Net: Is the world on track for polio eradication by 2018? “Polio is a viral disease that, until the 1980s, crippled an estimated 350,000 children every year. … SciDev.Net visited the Mérieux campus in Lyon, France, where the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur works with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to…

Lack Of Funding Hampered Ebola Vaccine Development, NIH Director Says

CQ HealthBeat: Ebola Vaccine Delayed by Lack of Funding, NIH Director Says “An Ebola vaccine could have been available to respond to the current outbreak in West Africa if Congress had kept the National Institutes of Health’s budget growing in the past decade at the same rates as its basic…

Ebola Vaccine Research Progressing Quickly

Science: Ebola vaccines racing forward at record pace “On 2 September, a 39-year-old woman in Bethesda, Maryland, received a novel Ebola vaccine never given to humans before. In as little as two months, this same vaccine may go into the arms of thousands of health care workers and other first-line…