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
Reviewing data on wild poliovirus, the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) expressed grave concern over 2 new cases of polio in Nigeria, and commended progress made in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
CDC’s Global Immunization Plan In the first seven months of 2016 alone, 13 states reported outbreaks of measles, a highly infectious disease that killed 400 to 500 Americans a year and hospitalized nearly 50,000 more as recent as the 1950s. With the advent of the measles vaccine, routine immunizations, and the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, measles is no longer endemic (it was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000). But regular measles outbreaks, caused by travel to places with outbreaks (such as England, France, India, Philippines) and pockets of communities with unvaccinated people, as well as other viruses newly imported into the U.S., underscore the importance of improving global immunization.
Categories: Research and DevelopmentThe first of a planned 80 participants was enrolled Tuesday in a trial to test the initial safety and immune-response-prompting potential for a vaccine candidate to protect against Zika virus infection, with hopes to yield results that will lead to further, larger scale testing beginning in January 2017, Dr. Anthony Fauci said today. The Aug. 1 […](Read more…)
ATHENS — Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has decried the high cost humanitarian organizations pay for vaccines – up to 20 times the normal prices – for vulnerable children in refugee settings. MSF and Save the Children are calling on drug companies to lower vaccine prices. Humanitarian organizations have targeted pneumonia, along with polio, diphtheria and
The international community sprung into action after yellow fever suddenly began to spread in Angola. More than 6 million vaccines against the mosquito-borne disease were sent to the country to stop the outbreak in its tracks. That’s where things began to go wrong, according to an investigation by the Associated Press. According to the report:
ABC News: Feds Use Funds for Medicaid, Children’s Services to Avoid Delaying Zika Vaccine Research “Federal health officials have been forced to take $81 million in funds from various government programs, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Administration for Children and Families, in order to avoid delaying research on Zika vaccines,…More
by Ibrahim Diakite, Eric Q. Mooring, Gustavo E. Velásquez, Megan B.
Devex: Reaching the last mile: The future of medicine access for everyone Edward Wilson, director of John Snow, Inc.’s Center for Health Logistics “…Universal health coverage requires universal access to medicines, vaccines, and other health commodities. … But there’s still a long way to go, especially in reaching every person, every community at the last…More
Background India’s Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) provides basic vaccines free-of-cost in the public sector, yet national vaccination coverage is poor.
Quartz: Why it takes so long to develop a vaccine against a new epidemic “…Three [Zika] vaccine candidates have been shown to work successfully in monkeys and one is being tested in a human trial, raising hopes that a vaccine may soon be available on the market. But don’t get your hopes too high. Even…More
Associated Press: U.N. bungles response to Africa’s yellow fever outbreak “The World Health Organization and its partners shipped more than six million yellow fever vaccines to Angola in February to quash an emerging epidemic, yet when they asked country officials the following month what happened to the vaccines, they discovered that about one million doses…More
CNN: Human trials begin for Zika vaccines “The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has injected two human volunteers with an experimental DNA-based Zika vaccine, Director Anthony Fauci announced [Wednesday], a month ahead of its projected schedule for vaccine development…” (LaMotte, 8/3). Reuters: U.S. health researchers test Zika vaccine as funds run low “U.S.…More