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“This race will be intense”: a look at elections for Director General of the WHO

This week, the World Health Assembly is meeting in Geneva. Elections for the next Director General of the World Health Organization is a top item Read More

“Zika is a test to see if we’ve learned anything from Ebola” — Emergency funding not…

Categories: Budget, U.S. Policy and FundingTags: zikaThe 1.9 billion dollars the Obama Administration has requested to respond to the Zika virus is not enough, according to Amy Pope. It’s not enough to build lab capacity, improve surveillance and diagnostics, and strengthen overall health systems so that the global community can anticipate emerging infections instead of reacting to them, she says. That, she […](Read more…)

How did Zika rise so quickly to the top of the global health policy agenda?

The World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere in May 2015. Since then, transmission was identified in 18 countries Read More

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Bipartisan Group Of U.S. Lawmakers Request Army Hold Public Hearings On Zika Vaccine Licensing

Miami Herald: Florida congressional members want U.S. Army to hold public hearings on Zika vaccine “A bipartisan group of members of Congress from Florida has asked the acting secretary of the U.S. Army to hold public hearings before awarding exclusive rights to a French pharmaceutical manufacturer to develop a Zika vaccine using technology invented by…More


Trump Administration’s Expanded Mexico City Policy Could Harm Prevention, Treatment Efforts…

Yahoo News: U.S. Zika fears rise as Trump proposes foreign aid cuts “…[G]lobal health experts warn that [Zika] and [other diseases] like it will be much more difficult to contain in the future as Trump moves ahead with the reenactment and expansion of the Mexico City policy, a ruling that blocks U.S. federal funding for…More


U.S. Congress, Trump Administration Should Invest In Public Health Emergency Response Fund

The Hill: Congress, learn from Zika and Ebola — Update U.S. emergency fund Jeff Schlegelmilch, deputy director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute “The public health community has been closely watching proposals for a badly needed public health emergency response fund. Such a fund would jump-start the response efforts…More


Puerto Rico Health Ministry Says 2016 Zika Outbreak Over; CDC Asks Health Officials To Remain…

Reuters: Puerto Rico declares Zika outbreak over, CDC maintains travel warning “Puerto Rico on Monday declared that the 2016 Zika epidemic is over, saying transmission of the virus that can cause birth defects when pregnant women are exposed has fallen significantly…” (Steenhuysen, 6/6). STAT: Puerto Rico declares its outbreak of Zika virus is over “…In…More


India Reports 3 Zika Cases; Experts Say More Likely

New York Times: India Acknowledges Three Cases of Zika Virus “…Hardly anyone outside the government knew about the three cases until last week, after the World Health Organization announced that it had received reports about them from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Gujarat state government officials then spoke on May 28 with reporters,…More


Indian Health Officials Knew About Country’s First Zika Cases But Decided Against Public…

Washington Post: Officials knew about India’s first Zika case for months. But they didn’t tell anybody. “Officials in India knew about the country’s first case of Zika virus infection months ago. But they didn’t alert the public because they didn’t want ‘people to start panicking,’ one health official said this week.


India Reports 3 Zika Cases Detected Since February 2016, WHO Says

Reuters: WHO says India reports cases of Zika virus “India has reported cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said, adding that efforts should be made to strengthen surveillance. The WHO said that on May 15 India’s health ministry reported three confirmed cases from the western state of Gujarat. Cases were detected during…More


Acting Secretary Of U.S. Army Should Ensure Sanofi Pasteur Charges Fair Prices To U.S. Patients…

STAT: U.S. taxpayers are funding a Zika vaccine. Let’s make sure U.S. patients can afford it Ed Silverman, senior writer and Pharmalot columnist “Dear Acting Secretary Speer, As you know, the United States must prepare for future outbreaks of the Zika virus, but a high-stakes debate has erupted over a deal the federal government may…More


Sanofi Will Price U.S. Army-Developed Zika Vaccine To ‘Facilitate Access,’ Executive Says…

STAT: Sanofi fires back at criticism of deal with Army for a Zika vaccine “In response to criticism of its arrangement with the U.S. Army to produce a Zika virus vaccine, a Sanofi executive maintained the company is not pursuing the project based on ‘commercial return’ and intends to price the vaccine in order to…More


Many Nations Continue To Underfund Pandemic Preparedness Efforts, World Bank Group Report Says

CNBC: If a new pandemic hits, most countries aren’t ready: World Bank group “Most countries are not adequately prepared for another infectious disease outbreak, despite progress made in the aftermath of recent Zika and Ebola cases, according to new research. A report by the International Working Group (IWG) on Financing Pandemic Preparedness — a bloc…More


Zika Likely Spread Undetected In Latin America, Southern U.S. Before First Case Reports,…

The Atlantic: How Zika Conquered the Americas “…With summer approaching and mosquito populations rising, the key to predicting and controlling Zika’s future lies in understanding its past. … By collecting viruses from different places and comparing their genomes, scientists can work backward to estimate when and where an outbreak would have actually begun. A huge…More


Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Elected As WHO Director General

Associated Press: Ethiopia’s Tedros to be next leader of U.N. health agency “Africa, where viruses such as HIV, Ebola, and Zika emerged, has its first chief of the U.N. health agency. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian minister of health, was elected Tuesday as the next director general of the World Health Organization, becoming the…More


BBC Podcast Features Interviews With 3 WHO DG Candidates; Bloomberg Examines Private Sector’s…

BBC: Dr. Who — Who Will Lead The WHO? “Next week we will have a new figurehead for the global health community — as the World Health Organization votes to appoint a new director general. The role is a tough one — with a flu pandemic long overdue and challenges such as Zika and Ebola.…More


Sanofi Pasteur Refuses U.S. Army’s Request For ‘Fair’ U.S. Pricing Of Experimental Zika…

STAT: Sanofi rejects U.S. Army request for ‘fair’ pricing for a Zika vaccine “Sanofi Pasteur has rejected a request from the U.S. Army to set an affordable U.S. price for a Zika virus vaccine that the company is developing with American taxpayer funds, prompting an angry response from Senator Bernie Sanders. For months, Sanders has…More


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