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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

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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


With More Than 1K Deaths From Meningitis This Year, Nigeria Warns Disease Could Spread Due To…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Nigeria prey to more deadly meningitis outbreaks amid vaccine shortage “Hit by one of its deadliest meningitis outbreaks in years, with more than 1,000 deaths, Nigeria could struggle to contain future epidemics due to a shortage of vaccines, health experts said. Africa’s most populous country has recorded about 14,500 suspected cases and…More


Mishandled Vaccine, Reused Syringe Lead To Deaths Of 15 Children In South Sudan Measles…

New York Times: Mishandled Measles Vaccine Kills 15 Children in South Sudan “Contaminated vaccines in a rural village in South Sudan killed 15 children last month and endangered dozens more, according to a statement from the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the health ministry of South Sudan. In the remote village of Nachodokopele in southeastern…More


The power and promise of digital health for Africa

Billions of dollars in health care cost savings (US$200 billion by 2030). More accessible health care services for people in hard-to-reach places. The ability to stamp out emerging epidemics before they reach crisis level. Universal health coverage.


Could the latest Ebola outbreak help avert future epidemics?

The latest outbreak of Ebola, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has inspired a broad international response. PATH is supporting the effort to end the epidemic as quickly as possible. Writer Lesley Reed spoke to Trad Hatton, PATH’s country leader in the DRC, to learn more. Q. Where is this Ebola outbreak happening, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesPATH at the shifting front lines of EbolaEnsuring vaccines reach the people who need them mostNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malaria ;


One man, 441 people, and a community for healthier hearts

Meet Mr. Ta Van Phu, a retired health worker and former leader in the military. With pen and pencil in his left pocket, glasses squarely centered on his face, and a shoulder bag containing his blood pressure monitor and educational materials about heart disease, Mr. Phu is a welcome sight as he walks from house […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malariaThe surprising consequences of tuberculosisEnsuring vaccines reach the people who need them most ;


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