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WHO Declares End To Yellow Fever Outbreak In Angola, DRC

U.N. News Centre: Innovative, coordinated response helps end yellow fever outbreak in Angola, DR Congo — U.N. agency “With concerted response, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have successfully controlled one of the world’s largest and most challenging outbreaks of yellow fever, the United Nations health agency…

Gates Foundation’s Approach To ‘Focus On Best Investments First’ Serves As Lesson For Governments

Project Syndicate: Learning from Bill Gates Bjørn Lomborg, visiting professor at the Copenhagen Business School and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center “…[An] analysis for Copenhagen Consensus shows that each dollar of Warren Buffett’s money spent by the Gates Foundation on vaccination, contraception, and nutrition is generating a return worth…

WHO Committee Recommends Extension Of Polio As Public Health Emergency Of International Concern

WHO: Twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2015) regarding the international spread of poliovirus “The twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the director general on 7…

‘Trump’s Muzzling’ Of U.S. Scientists Threatens Public Health, Canadian Professor Says

BMJ Blogs: Chris Simms: Trump and the role of data driven resistance in global health Chris Simms, a professor at Canada’s Dalhousie University’s School of Health Administration, discusses “Trump’s muzzling of government scientists” and their efforts to resist, the potential impacts on global health issues, and the experiences of Canadian…

Joint Polio Efforts By Afghanistan, Pakistan Suggest Eradication Achievable ‘Very Soon’

Humanosphere: ‘All systems in place’ for Afghanistan to eradicate polio, says WHO Joanne Lu, writer and editor at Humanosphere, discusses efforts to address polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the progress made and challenges ahead. Lu writes, “Afghanistan only had 13 recorded cases [of polio] last year, down from 20…

Gates Foundation Pneumonia Director Discusses India’s Child Immunization Program In Economic Times Interview

Economic Times: Gates foundation interested in preventing infectious diseases: Keith Klugman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “India is expected to roll out Pfizer’s 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), Prevnar13, as part of its universal immunization program this year. The vaccine, procured from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi)…

Innovators Test Older Approaches For Development Of New Malaria Vaccine

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Innovation: Everything Old is New Again Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the work of Miguel Prudencio and his colleagues at Lisbon’s Instituto de Medicina Molecular, who are attempting to use an older approach to…

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