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Syria vaccine campaign suspended after fifteen deaths

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Is the world on track for polio eradication by 2018?

This video describes the tools available and discusses the challenges that remain for wiping out the disease.

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AU peacekeepers accused of raping women in Somalia mission

September 9, 2014 African Union peacekeepers in Somalia rape women seeking medicine on their bases

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Large Ebola Vaccine Trial Could Begin In January In West Africa, WHO Says

News outlets report on efforts to develop Ebola vaccines and therapies. Associated Press: WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January (Heilprin, 10/21). The Hill: Ebola vaccine to begin trials in West Africa in January (Ferris, 10/21).


News Outlets Examine Public, Private Funding For Ebola, Other Disease Vaccine Research

News outlets discuss funding for research on vaccines for Ebola and other neglected diseases. Bloomberg TV: Neglected Diseases: Who Should Pay for Vaccine Research? “Christopher Egerton-Warburton, fund manager at Global Health Investment Fund, and Martin McKee of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases discuss the lack of preparation and research into vaccines for Ebola and…More


Public, Private Entities Continue Efforts To Develop Ebola Vaccines, Therapies

Media outlets report on various aspects of efforts to develop a vaccine for Ebola and produce more doses of experimental drugs to treat the disease. ABC News: Will There Be an Ebola Vaccine Soon? (Besser, 10/17). Agence France-Presse: Experimental Ebola vaccine expected in Geneva Tuesday: hospital (10/19).


News Outlets Examine Development, Importance Of Ebola Vaccines

News outlets report on efforts to develop an Ebola vaccine and the importance of using such a tool. The Guardian: Ebola epidemic may not end without developing vaccine, scientist warns (Boseley, 10/16). The Hill: HHS advances third Ebola vaccine development (Kamisar, 10/16). ScienceInsider: Issues continue to dog the testing of Ebola drugs and vaccines (Cohen,…More


U.S. Officials Comment On Dallas Ebola Cases, Research Into Vaccines

News outlets report on U.S. health officials’ statements about the U.S. Ebola cases and research for a vaccine. Agence France-Presse: First U.S. Ebola infection result of ‘protocol breach’ “A Texas health care worker has become the first person to contract Ebola on American soil, authorities confirmed, blaming a safety breach for the spread of the…More


News Outlets Examine Issues Surrounding Ebola Treatment Research, Vaccine Development, Case…

News outlets discuss issues surrounding the research and development of Ebola treatments and vaccines, as well as the challenges of case detection. Agence France-Presse: Use of placebos in Ebola drug trials unethical: experts “Health experts from around the globe said Friday it would be unethical in drug trials to give non-active placebos to people infected…More


Testing Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine Raises Ethical, Logistical Questions

News outlets discuss the ethical and logistical challenges surrounding the testing of an Ebola vaccine. Bloomberg News: Ebola Vaccine Trials May Give Placebo to Those at Risk “As global health officials rush to begin human trials of two promising Ebola vaccines in West African medical workers, a daunting question remains unanswered: Who gets the placebo injection?…”…More


News Outlets Report On Medical Research Surrounding Ebola, Other NTDs

News outlets report on medical research related to potential Ebola treatments and vaccines, as well as research related to other neglected tropical diseases. The Guardian: Ebola is in America — and, finally, within range of Big Pharma “As the Ebola epidemic continues to rage in West Africa, with more than 3,000 dead and infections doubling…More


Efforts Continue To Identify Ebola Therapies, Vaccines, Prevent Sales Of Fraudulent Products

News outlets report on efforts to develop Ebola vaccines and therapies and keep fraudulent products off the market. Bloomberg TV: Meet the Ebola Virus Hunters Searching for a Cure In a video, “Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Scripps Research Institute’s Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire discuss the…More


GSK and NewLink boost capacity to make Ebola vaccines

Pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and NewLink Genetics say they are increasing their efforts to make Ebola vaccines.


U.S., Drug Companies To Increase Production Of Experimental Ebola Drugs; Canada Ships…

News outlets report on various aspects of developing, testing, and distributing experimental vaccines and treatments for Ebola. CNBC: Ebola vaccine: Why it’s taking so long to make one “…Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who is undergoing treatment for Ebola and listed in serious condition in Dallas, won’t be getting the experimental drug ZMapp used…More


Thousands Of Ebola Vaccine Doses Expected To Be Available Early 2015, WHO Says

News outlets report on efforts to develop a safe and effective vaccine for Ebola. Agence France-Presse: Experimental Ebola vaccines ready by 2015: WHO “Thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in African countries badly hit by the deadly virus early next year, the World Health Organization said Friday…” (Larson, 9/26).…More


The Atlantic Examines Challenges Surrounding TB Vaccine Development

The Atlantic: Toward an Effective Tuberculosis Vaccine “…While we have vaccines to thank for the decline of global diseases like measles and smallpox, vaccination’s role in the worldwide battle against TB has been comparatively minimal. … So, what is it about a TB vaccine that’s had science stymied for over a century?…” (Shure, 9/26).


Volunteers stepping up in response to Ebola outbreak

Doctors and nurses are finally volunteering to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa after


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