Realistic portrayal of the scientific community needed to combat science denial

With the recent release of the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” I’m seeing a few blog posts and articles pop up about the hegemonic Read More

Science, global health, and irrational health behaviors

Ed. Note: Sara Gorman will be joining us once a month to highlight different aspects of her forthcoming book on science denialism.  Have you ever Read More

Lifting the Patent Barrier to New Drugs and Energy Sources – The New York Times

Strict patents on technology have had the effect of hindering global progress in some fields, especially in combating disease and climate change. Source: Lifting the Read More


WHO Highlights Success, Importance Of Vaccines During World Immunization Week

U.N. News Centre: World Immunization Week: Power of vaccines still not fully utilized, says U.N. health agency “Vaccinations stave off 26 potentially deadly diseases, the United Nations health agency is emphasizing on the first day of World Immunization Week, which also marks the halfway point of the organization’s goal to stop millions of deaths from…More

Lessons From Ebola Highlight ‘Vital Centrality Of Vaccines’ As Tool For Disease Prevention,…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: New partnerships needed after Ebola’s hard lessons J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president and director, and Chris Millard, program manager and research associate, both at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Global Health Policy Center “…[W]hile today the epidemic has been largely contained, Ebola taught us three powerful lessons about the…More

WHO Releases 10-Year Review Report Chapters Focusing On Vaccines, Viral Hepatitis

WHO: The power of vaccines: still not fully utilized This chapter of the WHO’s “Ten years in public health 2007-2017” report focuses on vaccines. “Vaccines have been one of the biggest success stories of modern medicine. WHO estimates that at least 10 million deaths were prevented between 2010 and 2015 thanks to vaccinations delivered around…More

Financial Times Special Report Focuses On Vaccines

Financial Times: FT Health: Vaccines “Vaccine research grows vigorously, propelled by rising world demand to fight existing diseases and to guard against new threats. Ebola and Zika have recently caused huge international alarm. Yet the Trump era may give voice to increased vaccine skepticism…” This special report includes eight articles on various aspects of vaccine research…More

Controlling cholera in the Ouest Department of Haiti using oral vaccines

by Alexander Kirpich, Thomas A. Weppelmann, Yang Yang, John Glenn Morris Jr., Ira M. Longini Jr.

Science Examines Vaccinemakers’ Ideas On How To Use CEPI Funding, Better Respond To Emerging…

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WHO, Partners Send 3.5M Yellow Fever Vaccine Doses To Brazil

Associated Press: U.N. sends 3.5M emergency yellow fever vaccines to Brazil “The World Health Organization said it and partners have shipped 3.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Brazil to help the country stamp out its worst outbreak in years…” (3/30).

Papers In Vaccine Journal Examine Overchilling Of Vaccines, Stock-Outs

The Economist: Managing supplies of vaccines is a huge problem “…[A] vial of vaccine that has been accidentally frozen, and then thawed, may lose its potency as surely as one that has been warmed up. A study published this week in Vaccine, by Celina Hanson of UNICEF and her colleagues, suggests that the overchilling of…More

Typhoid fever: a past, present, and future threat

For most communities in high-resource countries, typhoid fever is a distant memory. While it used to rampage major cities in the United States and Europe, typhoid fever was largely stamped out in the 1940s with the advent of antibiotics and improved sanitation. And for international travelers, two typhoid vaccines available at the local clinic eliminate […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesLes leçons de la ligne de frontPATH is at SXSWHow to survive birth in one of the world’s hardest places ;

Yellow Fever Vaccination Response

Authors: Jennie Harris, Kimberley Fox March 16, 2017 Kim Fox In December 2015, a yellow fever outbreak started in Angola and quickly spread within the country and to its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Laboratory testing confirmed 962 cases, but there were thousands of suspected cases, making this the largest reported outbreak in 30 years. A critical aspect to yellow fever outbreak response is vaccination campaigns in the affected areas. One dose of yellow fever vaccine is capable of providing lifelong protection. Thus the World Health Organization (WHO) keeps a stockpile of 6 million yellow fever vaccine doses for outbreak response

Polio Eradication Efforts Hampered By Conspiracy Theories, Terrorism

Motherboard: Conspiracy Theories Are the Reason We Still Have Polio “…The last countries with polio have some important commonalities: They are rankled by terrorism that threatens health workers and makes it difficult to disseminate vaccines. But the root of this is often based in something else entirely: conspiracy theories that have grown out of stark…More

Inaugural Access To Vaccines Index Ranks Companies Based On Efforts To Expand Immunization…

New York Times: Vaccine Makers Ranked on Pricing and Research “The pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi sell the most vaccines and earn the most money doing so, while the Serum Institute of India sells the most vaccines at a discount, according to the first Access to Vaccines Index, which was released last week. The new…More

‘Access To Vaccines Index’ Examines Companies’ Investments, Actions To Improve…

Intellectual Property Watch: First Access To Vaccines Index Published “An ‘Access to Vaccines Index’ was released [Monday] in the Netherlands that claims to ‘reveal the first landscape of vaccine company actions to improve immunization coverage.’ The index ‘finds a high level of diversity in how vaccine companies are improving access to vaccines for people living…More

Vaccine Manufacturers Group Improving Immunization Access In Islamic Nations, Could Serve As…

Los Angeles Times: One way the Islamic world is tackling its problem with childhood vaccines Muhammad Naeem Khan, assistant secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation “…Most vaccines are imported from developed nations, making them unaffordable for those who need them most in developing nations. And vaccine shortages … only compound the problem. ……More

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