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


WSJ Examines Emerging DNA Vaccine Technologies For Zika, Other Infectious Diseases

Wall Street Journal: America’s Next Defense Against Zika and Other Foreign Invaders “…The Zika epidemic is accelerating work on … experimental DNA vaccines, which could turn out to be America’s best defense against infectious disease outbreaks that now spread around the world with alarming speed, fueled by rising populations and global travel. These vaccines, made…More

Gavi Announces Special Commitment To Help Aid Agencies Purchase Vaccines For Syrian Children

STAT: Global nonprofit says it will help deliver vaccines to Syrian children “An international organization that helps low-income countries buy vaccines is going to assist aid agencies to purchase vaccines for children in war-torn Syria. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, announced the program Thursday following a meeting of its board. The special commitment, as Gavi is…More

Ugandan Researchers Testing Several Experimental Ebola Vaccines

PRI: Uganda is leading the world in the fight to find a vaccine for Ebola “…Uganda is especially susceptible to viral hemorrhagic fevers — a group of animal and human diseases transmitted by bodily fluids and known for causing profuse bleeding, high fevers, and an almost unprecedented mortality rate. Currently, there is no vaccine for…More

With Experimental Zika Virus Vaccines In Human Clinical Trials, Scientists Wonder Whether…

STAT: A Zika vaccine is being developed at warp speed, but will there be a market for it? “…[D]espite funding delays from a fractious pre-election Congress, three experimental Zika vaccines are already being tested in people; another four or five should start human trials between now and next fall. … Let’s be clear: That is…More

Task Force For Global Health CEO Discusses Group’s Mission, Goals In Huffington Post…

Huffington Post: Dr. David Ross, President and CEO, The Task Force for Global Health Interview “Dave Ross, ScD, is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Ross provides strategic direction to the Task Force and oversees seven programs focused on neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, field…More

Researchers Say Zika Vaccine Could Be Available By 2018, NYT Reports

New York Times: The Race for a Zika Vaccine “…Perhaps never before have so many companies and government organizations worked so quickly to develop a vaccine from scratch. Vaccines usually take a decade or more to develop. But researchers say a Zika vaccine could be available as early as 2018, in what would be a…More

Militant Insurgency, Suspicion Over Polio Vaccines Hinder Health Workers’ Efforts To Immunize…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Nigeria fights myths, fear in polio vaccine drive “…Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state has disrupted health services across Nigeria’s northeast and hampered efforts to get [polio] vaccines to children at risk. … And as fighting between the militants and the Nigerian army forces people to flee their…More

Measles: A Forgotten, but Formidable Foe

James L. Goodson, MPH, Senior Measles Scientist at CDC Since its inception, the CDC has played a major role in advancing the health security in dozens of countries by improving response times to the outbreaks of several vaccine-preventable diseases. Furthermore, its partnerships with other countries and philanthropic organizations have not only stopped outbreaks, but also improved disease surveillance, laboratory science, emergency operations, and health systems overall. This along with the significant progress made towards the eradication of polio gives us plenty of reasons to celebrate, but that celebration would be premature. Between the anticipation of polio eradication in the near future and the response to emerging diseases like Zika, measles has become a forgotten, but formidable foe.

Vaccinations, Vaccine Science, and a New US President

PLOS NTDs co-Editor in Chief Peter Hotez encourages US President-Elect Donald Trump to support pro-vaccine policies to protect public health. The 2016 US Presidential debates and campaign were mostly devoid of any meaningful science policy discussions. Beyond climate

Measles jab saves over 20 million young lives in 15 years, but hundreds of children still die…

Despite a 79% worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015, nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day, leading health organizations said in a report.

World Polio Day 2016: A Focus on Tenacity and Hope

Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Center for Global Health John Bingham is an American writer and long distance runner who’s competed in more than 45 marathons. He has no connection whatsoever to global health. Nor does he claim any history or involvement with the difficult but ever hopeful struggle to eradicate polio from every corner of the world. So it might seem odd that Bingham’s words come to mind today, World Polio Day, as an apt and perfectly relevant call to action in our efforts to defeat polio. “Marathons,” he wrote, “are about tenacity as much as talent.” We have made remarkable progress in our goal to eradicate polio, but if we are to close the last, small but stubborn distance between a world with polio and one without, we should heed Bingham’s advice

The race to immunize a country—and a little girl named Precious

Dr. Guylain Kaya slips through a side door into his office, where Guy and I are waiting. “I apologize,” he says. “I only have a few minutes. We’re meeting about the yellow fever campaign.” It’s August 30, 2016, two weeks after the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) launched one of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe multidimensional fight against polioThe essential fight for positive changeThe connection between social media and saving lives ;

New vaccines to foil polio’s last tricks

Editor’s note: The importance of polio vaccine coverage is an obvious lesson learned in global health. What is less obvious is why we’re investing in new vaccines if we’re already on the cusp of eradication. Guest contributor Hope Randall recently sat down to meet with John Konz, who leads a PATH project developing a new […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe essential fight for positive changeHonoring decades of compassion and friendshipsGuides lead the way from fear to hope ;

The multidimensional fight against polio

“The end of polio in sight” “What if we fail to eradicate polio?” “WHO concerned about Nigeria polio outbreak” The headlines covering polio are inspiring and troubling at the same time. Are we really close to eliminating this paralytic disease from the face of the earth, or aren’t we? Here’s the answer: There is great […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe essential fight for positive changeTaking parasitic worms out of childhoodNew vaccines to fight polio’s last tricks ;

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