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 Must Take Steps To Minimize Toll Of Cholera Outbreak In Yemen

PLOS Blogs’ “Speaking of Medicine”: Cholera in Yemen: Why are vaccines not being used? Lorenz von Seidlein, PLOS Medicine’s specialty consulting editor, discusses the current cholera outbreak in Yemen, including the lack of vaccinations in the region, and urges the WHO to provide technical and political leadership to respond to the situation (8/2).

Wider Use Of Vaccines Could Help Address, Prevent Antibiotic Resistance

STAT: Vaccines are part of the solution to the emerging crisis of antibiotic resistance Bruce Gellin, president of global immunization at the Sabin Vaccine Institute “…[I]n the context of the global trend in antibiotic resistance, we have been undervaluing all that vaccines offer to both individuals and communities. … Vaccines help prevent the rise of…More

Global Community Must Continue To Invest In Vaccines, Strengthen Immunization Systems

Devex: Opinion: Vaccination rates are high — but they’re not high enough Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Mike Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy “…Here’s what we see in this year’s [WHO/UNICEF report on global immunization coverage]: overall high but stagnating…More

Vaccination remains the most cost-effective strategy to get on track with hepatitis B…

Midwife providing the 5-in-1 pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis [DTP], hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenzae type b) during a routine vaccination session in Myanmar Dr. Rania Tohme, Team Lead, Global Immunization Division, CDC In the 1990s, the Western Pacific Region had one of the highest prevalence rates of chronic hepatitis B infection in the world (>8%). As a result, in 2005, it was the first World Health Organization (WHO) Region to adopt a hepatitis B control goal through vaccination. With the financial support of GAVI (the Vaccine Alliance), countries in the region introduced hepatitis B vaccine into routine immunization, starting with a birth dose followed by 2-3 additional doses.

WHO, UNICEF Immunization Experts Discuss Recent Report On DTP Vaccine Coverage On NPR

NPR: New Report Shows 64 Of 195 Countries Aren’t Meeting A Basic Vaccination Target “Vaccine progress is stalling. That’s the message from a new report issued by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The report focuses on the [diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP)] vaccine … We spoke with Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, director of immunization, vaccines, and…More

Sanofi Remains Committed To Ensuring Vaccines Available To All People

New York Times: Letter to the editor: The Drug Maker Sanofi’s New Dengue Vaccine Kathleen Tregoning, executive vice president for external affairs at Sanofi “…Sanofi spent close to $1.5 billion and 20 years developing a new dengue vaccine for the world’s most at-risk populations. We develop lifesaving vaccines for many other diseases that affect the…More

GHTC Director Discusses Organization’s New Report On U.S. Global Health Innovation…

Devex: Q&A: Why the U.S. should invest in global health innovation — for its own sake “…[A global health event on Thursday] was organized by the Global Health Technologies Coalition, 25 nonprofit organizations advocating for research and development for new drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and other global health technologies to coincide with the release of a…More

WHO Reverses Decision To Send Cholera Vaccines To Yemen Due To Security, Logistical Challenges;…

Associated Press: U.N.: Yemen unlikely to get cholera vaccine as first planned “U.N. officials said Tuesday that plans to ship as many as one million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen are likely to be shelved over security, access, and logistical challenges, even as the deadly caseload continues to balloon in parts of the war-torn…More

Public, Private Investments Must Be Made To Ensure Vaccine Coverage, R&D Into New…

Devex: Q&A: Rajeev Venkayya on why vaccines are a worthy investment “…The success of vaccines going forward, [Rajeev Venkayya, the president of the Global Vaccine Business Unit at Takeda Pharmaceuticals,] says, requires public and policy support for investments ‘to make sure that we’re driving strong immunization coverage everywhere but also investing in new vaccines for…More

E.U. Court’s Decision On Vaccines Disregards Scientific Evidence

Foreign Policy: Science Won’t Save Vaccines From Lawsuits Anymore Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “This week, the highest court of the European Union handed opponents of basic public health their greatest legal victory in recent memory. At a time [with] widening measles outbreaks across Europe and a…More

U.N. Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution On Right To Health; U.S. Voices Opposition To…

Intellectual Property Watch: U.N. Human Rights Council Adopts Access To Medicines Resolution “The United Nations Human Rights Council [Friday] adopted a resolution on the right to health in relation to the U.N. 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including a call for medicines and vaccines access for all. The resolution also requested the U.N. human rights…More

E.U.’s Highest Court Rules Courts Can Consider Vaccines As Cause Of Illnesses Without…

Associated Press: E.U. court: Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof “The highest court of the European Union ruled Wednesday that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof. … On Wednesday, the E.U.’s top court said that despite the lack of scientific…More

WHO, Partners To Send 1M Cholera Vaccine Doses To Yemen; Country’s Health Care System…

Associated Press: War-torn Yemen to get cholera vaccines as death toll mounts “The U.N. health agency and some major partners have agreed to send one million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen to help stanch a spiraling and increasingly deadly caseload in the impoverished country, which is already facing war and the risk of famine…”…More

Trucks Prepared To Take Polio Vaccines Into IS-Held Areas Of Syrian Governorate Following…

Associated Press: U.N.: Trucks readied to send polio vaccine for IS-held Syria “A U.N. humanitarian aid adviser for Syria says trucks are being prepared to ship polio vaccine into Islamic State group-held areas of Deir el-Zour governorate following confirmation of a ‘very dangerous’ outbreak of the virus. Jan Egeland made the comments to reporters Thursday…More

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