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Simple But Impactful: Transforming Nigeria’s Vaccine Supply Chain

Vaccine supplies and logistics are a fundamental component of any immunization system. In Nigeria, any hope of achieving the goal of 87 percent vaccine coverage Read More

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Ebola Vaccine Phase 1: Success

NIH-sponsored cAd3-EBO Ebola vaccine shows reactogenicity, immune response, and safety in humans. Clinical trials are ongoing. Read the original report in the New England Journal Read More

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Measles eradication plans have stalled: WHO

Measles deaths have gone up, not down, in the last year. Progress towards elimination of the disease that kills and disables thousands of children has stopped in its tracks as funding has been cut back in the global recessionProgress against the elimination of measles has stalled, the World Health Organisation is warning. The number of deaths from the viral disease actually rose in the last year – from an estimated 122,000 in 2012 to 145,700 in 2013.The eyes of the world are on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where the collapse of healthcare under pressure from Ebola means that other diseases, including measles as well as malaria, are on the rise. But it has not taken a catastrophe of the scale of Ebola to de-rail the attempt to stamp out measles, a killer of small children which is so easily prevented by the use of a very cheap routinely-administered vaccine.Poor progress in increasing measles vaccination coverage has resulted in large outbreaks of this highly contagious disease, throwing the 2015 elimination targets off-track. Countries urgently need to prioritize maintaining and improving immunization coverage

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Simple But Impactful: Transforming Nigeria’s Vaccine Supply Chain

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Vaccine supplies and logistics are a fundamental component of any immunization system. In Nigeria, any hope of achieving the goal of 87 percent vaccine coverage Read More


Gavi Commits Up To $300M To Buy Ebola Vaccines; Additional $90M Could Support Health Systems

Reuters: Gavi alliance commits up to $300 mln to buy Ebola vaccines “Gavi, the global vaccines alliance, has committed up to $300 million to buy Ebola vaccines and is ready to begin procurement as soon as the World Health Organization recommends one for use, the alliance said on Thursday. Up to an additional $90 million…More


All NTDs Need Vaccines, Treatments

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Neglected Tropical Diseases that Kill Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and Jennifer Herricks, a postdoctoral fellow at the National School of Tropical Medicine, write “that while we urgently need new drugs, diagnostics,…More


New York Times ‘Room For Debate’ Features Several Opinion Pieces Examining Ethical Issues…

New York Times: Room for Debate: Experimental Drugs and the Ethics of Fighting Ebola Multiple authors “International medical teams this month could begin administering experimental Ebola drugs in West Africa, where the outbreak has killed more than 5,000 people. But is it ethical for the drugs to be given in randomized, controlled trials — considered…More


President Obama Should Honor Bipartisan Congressional Request To Fund Gavi

Houston Chronicle: Save lives Editorial Board “…Gavi, [the Vaccine Alliance,] has a goal of creating equal access to vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. … The United States … is one of Gavi’s largest donors. Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, and Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, among others, have co-sponsored a draft congressional resolution and…More


Ebola Vaccine Phase 1: Success

Ebola vaccine NEJM

NIH-sponsored cAd3-EBO Ebola vaccine shows reactogenicity, immune response, and safety in humans. Clinical trials are ongoing. Read the original report in the New England Journal Read More


Canadian PM Harper Announces Funding For Maternal, Child Health Initiatives

News outlets report on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcements of funding for two global health initiatives. Canadian Press/Huffington Post Canada: Harper Announces $500 Million In Vaccination Aid In Senegal “Prime Minister Stephen Harper has earmarked $500 million to a program aimed at providing vaccines for impoverished children around the world, in the hopes of…More


Growing Global Vaccine Market Helping Spur Drug Companies To Pursue Ebola Vaccine

The New Yorker: The Race for an Ebola Vaccine “…So why this race to create an Ebola vaccine among Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, and Johnson & Johnson — three of the world’s biggest drug manufacturers? … [O]ver the past several years, companies have realized that the difficulties of making vaccines could be an asset, because they can…More


Aid. Industry.

It’s become increasingly common over the past few years to describe the Aid Industry as the Aid Industry. An industry. And rightly so, because it is an industry. What’s this mean? In my mind it means several things: It is absolutely possible to regulate the aid industry, to standardize both the product that aid providers […]


Mozambique Aims To Lower Cervical Cancer Rate With Screenings, HPV Vaccinations

VOA News: Mozambique Rolls Out Cervical Cancer Vaccines for School Girls “Mozambique has one of the world’s highest rates of cervical cancer, a disease that kills 4,000 women there every year. A new plan to vaccinate 10-year-old girls could turn the tide in the fight against a devastating illness that is widening an already gaping…More


Increased Funding For NIH Infectious Diseases Research ‘An Investment In Our Health And Our…

Seattle Times: Fund the National Institutes of Health to fight infectious diseases Alan Aderem, president and director of Seattle BioMed “…Disease research is some of the most critical and challenging work of the 21st century. Increased funding to the NIH is the single most important component to discovering new vaccines, drugs, and cures for the…More


U.S. ‘Must Increase Its Longstanding Investment In’ Gavi

The Hill: Four reasons why the U.S. should invest more in vaccines around the world Richard Lugar, former Republican Senator from Indiana “…Among our most effective tools for stabilizing fragile states and improving perceptions of the United States are our global health programs. … Especially important are our efforts to immunize young children against deadly…More


MSF Waited Too Long To Ask For Ebola Vaccine, Aid Group Veteran Says

Reuters: Exclusive: MSF should have called for Ebola vaccine earlier, says aid group veteran “Médecins Sans Frontières ‘wasted time’ by waiting too long to call for vaccines to fight an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, a veteran of the medical charity told Reuters. … [T]he emergency group relied too much on strategies it…More


Measles eradication plans have stalled: WHO

measles world map wiki

Measles deaths have gone up, not down, in the last year. Progress towards elimination of the disease that kills and disables thousands of children has stopped in its tracks as funding has been cut back in the global recessionProgress against the elimination of measles has stalled, the World Health Organisation is warning. The number of deaths from the viral disease actually rose in the last year – from an estimated 122,000 in 2012 to 145,700 in 2013.The eyes of the world are on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where the collapse of healthcare under pressure from Ebola means that other diseases, including measles as well as malaria, are on the rise. But it has not taken a catastrophe of the scale of Ebola to de-rail the attempt to stamp out measles, a killer of small children which is so easily prevented by the use of a very cheap routinely-administered vaccine.Poor progress in increasing measles vaccination coverage has resulted in large outbreaks of this highly contagious disease, throwing the 2015 elimination targets off-track. Countries urgently need to prioritize maintaining and improving immunization coverage


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