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


Experimental Ebola Vaccines Provide Year-Long Antibody Responses In Liberia Trial

CIDRAP News: Liberia trial finds Ebola vaccines yield year-long immune response “A trial at the end of Liberia’s Ebola outbreak of two candidate vaccines that were furthest along in development at the time showed both posed no major safety concerns and triggered immune responses that lasted at least a year, researchers from a U.S.-Liberian clinical…More

U.N. Seeks More Funds To Address Rohingya Refugee Crisis In Bangladesh; WHO Sends Cholera…

Devex: In Bangladesh, an unfolding humanitarian crisis “…Now, nearly six weeks on from the start of the crisis, conditions in the camps [in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh,] are still being described as chaotic as thousands of exhausted, traumatized Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority, continue to pour in daily, and aid agencies struggle to handle the influx.…More

WHO Could Have Responded Sooner To Yemen Cholera Outbreak, Agency’s Emergencies Chief Says

Associated Press: U.N.: More should have been done to fight cholera in Yemen “The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief says the agency could have acted faster and sent more vaccines to fight a massive, deadly surge of cholera cases in war-battered Yemen this year. Dr. Peter Salama still expressed optimism that ‘we are turning (the)…More

U.S. Project BioShield To Add 2 Vaccines, 2 Treatments For Ebola To National Stockpile

CIDRAP News: Project BioShield adds Ebola vaccines, drugs to U.S. stockpile “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the first Project BioShield funding for Ebola countermeasures, which would add two vaccines and two treatments to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS): a single-dose vaccine licensed by Merck, a prime-boost vaccine regimen from…More

October 2017 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The October 2017 WHO Bulletin includes editorials, news, and research and policy articles on various issues, including a call for papers on the theme of vision and the future of eye care in health; a news article on communicating science-based messages on vaccines; and a research paper on…More

Trump Administration’s Harder-Line Policies On Pakistan, Afghanistan Could Threaten Polio…

The Guardian: Trump policy set to hinder war on polio in Pakistan “…In Pakistan and Afghanistan, the big obstacle [to polio elimination], experts say, is not lack of money to fight it, but mistrust of the western governments who bankroll the vaccines. Now Donald Trump could be about to deepen that mistrust. If the U.S.…More

U.S. To Invest $170M In Completing Research On Experimental Ebola Vaccines, Drugs

Reuters: U.S. invests $170 million in late-stage Ebola vaccines, drugs “The U.S. government is investing more than $170 million to help two new vaccines against the Ebola virus and two Ebola drugs complete the steps needed for approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the…More

Blog Post Highlights Innovations Allowing Delivery Of Vaccines To Remote Regions

Friends of the Global Fight: Innovative New Technologies Provide a Boost to Reaching the Last Mile This blog post highlights Global Good’s efforts to promote innovations in supply and cold chain technologies that are helping health care workers transport vaccines and other refrigerated medical supplies to remote communities (Ehrmantraut, 9/26).

Bill Gates Discusses Vaccines, U.S. Global Health Funding In Fox News Sunday Interview

The Hill: Bill Gates hopes talk with Trump on vaccine programs was ‘enlightening’ “Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he hopes his conversation with President Trump about vaccines was ‘enlightening.’ ‘You know, we talked about vaccines and how they’re miraculous,’ Gates told ‘Fox News Sunday’ about his two meetings with…More

WHO, Partners To Launch Vaccination Campaigns In Yemen, Northeastern Nigeria To Combat Cholera…

Agence France-Presse: WHO urges Yemen to accept vaccines as cholera crisis deepens “The World Health Organization on Monday urged Yemen to approve cholera vaccinations it has offered to help contain an epidemic that could affect nearly a million people by year’s end…” (9/18). Reuters: WHO plans global war on cholera as Yemen caseload nears 700,000…More

Universal Flu Vaccine Could Protect Against Seasonal, Pandemic Influenza Viruses

Scientific American: 100 Years after the Lethal 1918 Flu Pandemic, We Are Still Vulnerable Catharine I. Paules, medical officer in the Office of the Director at the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Anthony S. Fauci, director of NIAID “…[W]e must reexamine our approach to influenza vaccines so we can avert…More

Sanofi Halts Zika Vaccine Research But Other Candidate Vaccines Move Forward In Development

CNN: Sanofi stops work on Zika vaccine while others forge forward “French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi SA paused development of a Zika virus vaccine candidate in response to funding cuts by the U.S. government, the company said in a statement on its website last week. … ‘Right now, there’s no indication that Sanofi is anything other…More

Gates Foundation Grants $120M To PATH For Vaccine R&D, Deployment

GeekWire: PATH receives $120M Gates Foundation grant to fuel vaccine development across the globe “Seattle-based global health nonprofit PATH announced Wednesday that it has received a $120 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at fueling the organization’s development and deployment of life-saving vaccines. The funds will go to the PATH Center…More

Sanofi Ends Research Into 2 Experimental Zika Vaccines After U.S. Funding Focus Shifts

Wall Street Journal: Sanofi Stops Work on Two Zika Vaccines “Drugmaker Sanofi SA has ended its development of two Zika virus vaccines, citing a decline in new infections and limits on U.S. government funding, in a move that illustrates the challenges in sustaining research in emerging infectious diseases after major outbreaks subside…” (Loftus, 9/6).

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