“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


NPR Examines Fear, Stigma Surrounding Zika In Puerto Rico

NPR: Living With Zika In Puerto Rico Means Watching, Waiting, And Fearing Judgment “…Since Zika appeared in Puerto Rico more than a year ago, doctors believe as many as a million people on the island have been infected. Some 40,000 cases of those cases have been confirmed, a number that includes some 3,200 pregnant women.…More

U.S. Global Health Leadership, Funding Encourages Other Nations To Prioritize Public Health…

Washington Post: When the U.S. funds global health, other countries do too Amy S. Patterson, professor of politics at University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. “…Public health experts say that cuts to U.S.

Government-Industry Partnerships Vital To Vaccine Development, Sanofi Senior Executive Writes…

New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Developing a Zika Vaccine Elias Zerhouni, president of global research and development for Sanofi “Re ‘Trump Should Avoid a Bad Zika Deal‘ (Op-Ed, March 11): Bernie Sanders, in our view, doesn’t seem to recognize the importance of government-industry partnerships in protecting the public from potentially devastating infectious diseases.…More

U.S. President Trump’s Budget Blueprint, Obamacare Repeal Legislation Could Cut Funding To…

The Atlantic: The Tiny Trump Budget Cut That Could Blind America to the Next Zika “…[W]ith [U.S. President Trump’s] budget threatening to carve large gaping gashes into the flank of American science, it’s easy to lose sight of the damage that even small nicks can inflict. Consider the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) program. It’s…More

Lessons Learned From Zika, Ebola Epidemics Should Inform Global Pandemic Preparedness

Harvard Business Review: The World Is Completely Unprepared for a Global Pandemic In this online article, Ranu S. Dhillon, an instructor at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who served as an adviser to the president of Guinea during the Ebola epidemic; Devabhaktuni Srikrishna, founder of Patient Knowhow…More

Placenta more vulnerable to Zika in early pregnancy

In the first trimester the placenta offers a biological environment that favours infection with the virus.

Former CDC Director Frieden Discusses U.S. Preparedness, Efforts To Address Infectious Diseases…

Scientific American: Is the U.S. Ready for Future Disease Threats? “During Tom Frieden’s seven and a half years as director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, his agency was buffeted by crises that included government furloughs, H1N1 flu, laboratory safety issues, an earthquake in Haiti, and outbreaks of Ebola and Zika virus.…More

WHO Releases New Data On Zika, Says Vigilance Must ‘Remain High’

U.N. News Centre: Vigilance against Zika virus should ‘remain high,’ U.N. health agency says in new guidance “Although a decline in cases of Zika virus infection has been reported in some countries, there is still a need for heightened vigilance, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported [Friday], issuing fresh guidance on the virus that has…More

New York Times Features Articles, Video Profiling Struggles Of Brazilian Families Impacted By…

New York Times: For Brazil’s Zika Families, a Life of Struggle and Scares “…Thirteen months after the World Health Organization declared Zika a global health emergency, some of the public alarm over the mosquito-borne virus that swept through Latin America is receding. In November, the WHO lifted its emergency designation, but Zika has hardly disappeared.…More

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders Urges President Trump To Disallow Army To Exclusively License…

The Hill: Sanders: Trump must stop French company’s exclusive Zika vaccine deal “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is pressuring President Trump to stop the Army from giving a French company the exclusive license to a vaccine against the Zika virus. In a New York Times op-ed published Saturday, Sanders criticized French pharmaceutical company Sanofi, noting the…More

President Trump Should Demand Fair Prices For Zika Vaccine From Sanofi

New York Times: Bernie Sanders: Trump Should Avoid a Bad Zika Deal Bernie Sanders, independent senator from Vermont “…[The Trump] administration, through the Army, is on the brink of making a bad deal, giving a French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, the exclusive license to patents and thus a monopoly to sell a vaccine against the Zika…More

Researchers find 20 times the rate of specific neurological birth defects in pregnancies with…

Categories: UncategorizedIn 2013 and 2014, three programs tracking birth defects — in Massachusetts, North Carolina and metropolitan Atlanta —  recorded 747 infants and fetuses with microcephaly and or other abnormalities of the central nervous system and eyes — about three in every 1,000 births. That was during what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […](Read more…)

Experts Discuss Yellow Fever Outbreak In Brazil, Call For Vigilance To Prevent Potential Spread…

CNN: U.S. officials keep watchful eye on yellow fever outbreak in Brazil “An outbreak of yellow fever in rural Brazil is raising concerns that the disease could spread across borders to the U.S., like Zika, say two health experts writing in an essay published in the New England Journal of Medicine…” (Park, 3/9).

Vox Examines Reasons Trump Administration Unprepared To Address Disease Outbreaks

Vox: Trump has set the U.S. up to botch a global health crisis “…[T]he chances of the U.S. being hit with some kind of pandemic in the next four years is high. (The U.S. is already fighting Zika within its borders …) Based on what we’ve seen from President Donald Trump so far, the U.S.…More

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