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


Statement on the 10th IHR Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus

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.

Stopping Viruses that Don’t Respect Borders

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.

While “August is the new September” in accelerated Zika vaccine quest, funding gap could…

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…)

Vaccine prices are 20 times higher in refugee camps, aid group charges

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

A million yellow fever vaccines missing in Angola, report finds

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:

Obama Administration To Shift $81M From Various Government Programs To Fund Zika Vaccine…

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

Novel Ordered Stepped-Wedge Cluster Trial Designs for Detecting Ebola Vaccine Efficacy Using a…

by Ibrahim Diakite, Eric Q. Mooring, Gustavo E. Velásquez, Megan B.

Improving Supply Chains Critical To Achieving Universal Health Coverage

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

Role of the private sector in vaccination service delivery in India: evidence from…

Background India’s Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) provides basic vaccines free-of-cost in the public sector, yet national vaccination coverage is poor.

Quartz Looks At Vaccine Research, Development Amid Ebola, Zika Epidemics

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 Investigates Alleged Mismanagement Of Yellow Fever Vaccine Shipments To Angola

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

NIH Begins First Clinical Trial Of Experimental Zika Vaccine

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

State of inequality in diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis immunisation coverage in…

Overall, within-country inequalities in DTP3 immunisation persist, but seem to have narrowed over the past 10 years. Monitoring economic-related inequalities in immunisation coverage is warranted to reveal where gaps exist and inform appropriate approaches to reach disadvantaged populations.

Polio, terror and the immunological worldview


10.1080/17441692.2016.1211164<br/>Robert Peckham

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