The WHO on Tuesday launched a vaccination campaign in Afghanistan that will use “a new and more effective polio vaccine” for the first time, Reuters reports (Nebehay, 12/15).
Cases of polio have been reported in some African countries that have eradicated the disease, Luis Gomes Sambo, the WHO’s Africa regional director, said Monday at the opening of a child immunisation conference in Zimbabwe, Agence France-Presse reports (12/14).
News Outlets Examine Reaction To Uganda’sÂ Anti-Gay Legislation Effect On HIV/AIDS Efforts The Daily Monitor reports on a statement released Friday by U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), chair of the Senateâ€™s Committee on Africa, on Uganda’s anti-gay legislation. “Its passage would hurt the close working relationship between our two countries, especially…
To strengthen the U.S.’ national vaccine strategy, the country “needs to establish a permanent group that advises the government on vaccine safety and spend more money to address safety concerns about vaccines,” according to a report released Friday by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Reuters reports.
Dengue is the “fastest growing” vector-borne disease worldwide, NBC News’ “World Blog” writes in a story examining the disease.
Lancet Comment Examines Connection Between Climate Change, Health A Lancet Comment examines the connection between climate change and human health and highlights the role health professionals can play in dealing with the future effects of climate change. “The only heartening aspect of this bleak terrain is the gathering awareness that…
U.S. health officials on Thursday announced nearly 10,000 people in the U.S. had died from H1N1 (swine flu) since the virus was first reported in April, the New York Times reports. The latest numbers mark a “significant jump” from CDC’s estimate last month of 4,000 deaths in the U.S., the newspaper writes (McNeil, 12/10).
Flu Vaccine Shortages In Developing Countries Could Destabilize Global Security, Says Former WHO Deputy Head
“Flu vaccine shortages in developing nations may destabilize global security should the H1N1 [swine flu] virus become more deadly â€¦ David Heymann, a former deputy head of the World Health Organization” said Monday, Bloomberg reports.
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West African Group Calls For Governments To Vaccinate Children Against Rotavirus The West African Rotavirus Advisory Board is calling on governments to vaccinate children against rotavirus, IRIN reports. At a recent meeting in Dakar, Senegal, which was “financed by GlaxoSmithKline, makers of one of two rotavirus vaccines” the board issued…
Reuters examines the search for new tuberculosis medicines and vaccines. “Although TB has plagued humankind for thousands of years, there is only one vaccine,” which isn’t very effective and doesn’t protect adults. “With the exception of rifabutin, there has been no new drug for TB for more than 40 years,” the news service writes.