“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


News Outlets Examine Health-Related Impacts Of Hurricane Maria On Puerto Rico

Bloomberg: The Hurricane Did One Good Thing for Puerto Rico: It Blew Away Zika “Hurricane Maria’s devastation had a silver lining for Puerto Rico: It killed, for now, most of the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus. … But when a storm as strong as Hurricane Maria strikes, ‘those mosquito populations pretty much get wiped…More

Single Gene Mutation Possibly Made Zika More Dangerous To Fetuses, Study Shows

New York Times: The Zika Virus Grew Deadlier With a Small Mutation, Study Suggests “…An intriguing study in mice, which has prompted some skepticism among experts, suggests that a single genetic mutation helped transform the Zika virus into a devastating force in Latin America. The report was published on Thursday in the journal Science…” (Belluck/McNeil,…More

As Temperatures Rise In Africa, More Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Thrive In New Places,…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Feature — Move over malaria: Mosquitoes carrying Zika, dengue may thrive in warmer Africa “…The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means…More

Despite Falling Case Numbers, Development Of Zika Vaccine Must Remain Priority

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Vaccine against Zika virus must remain a priority Editorial Board “…[The] announcement [of Sanofi Pasteur’s decision to withdraw from Zika vaccine R&D] raises concerns about the future of Zika virus vaccine development, at a time when the number of cases is falling and other questions about the virus remain unanswered. ……More

With Zika Vaccine Development Under Question, Gavi, Other Partners Must Work Together To…

STAT: Is there a future for a Zika vaccine? Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…We currently have more questions than answers about Zika. … It’s still too early to tell, but the uncertainty about Zika makes the development of a vaccine decidedly riskier for manufacturers. Because of this, it is essential that…More

Stalled Zika Vaccine Research Shows Challenges Of Vaccine R&D

STAT: The race for a Zika vaccine slows, a setback for efforts to head off future outbreaks “The development of a type of Zika vaccine that authorities had hoped to usher to the market has proven more challenging than some scientists and pharmaceutical companies had expected, people involved in the research have told STAT, posing…More

Sanofi Halts Zika Vaccine Research But Other Candidate Vaccines Move Forward In Development

CNN: Sanofi stops work on Zika vaccine while others forge forward “French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi SA paused development of a Zika virus vaccine candidate in response to funding cuts by the U.S. government, the company said in a statement on its website last week. … ‘Right now, there’s no indication that Sanofi is anything other…More

Sanofi Ends Research Into 2 Experimental Zika Vaccines After U.S. Funding Focus Shifts

Wall Street Journal: Sanofi Stops Work on Two Zika Vaccines “Drugmaker Sanofi SA has ended its development of two Zika virus vaccines, citing a decline in new infections and limits on U.S. government funding, in a move that illustrates the challenges in sustaining research in emerging infectious diseases after major outbreaks subside…” (Loftus, 9/6).

Sanofi Pasteur Signals End Of Experimental Zika Vaccine Research

STAT: Sanofi quietly pulls the plug on its Zika vaccine project “Vaccine giant Sanofi Pasteur has quietly pulled the plug on its Zika vaccine project, a move that underscores how difficult it may be at this stage to develop a vaccine against the virus. … While a number of experimental Zika vaccines are at various…More

New Yorker Examines Unexpected, Rapid Decline In Zika Cases

New Yorker: Is Zika Gone for Good? “…[Last year, t]he Zika virus had spread to Florida from South and Central America … There had already been several hundred cases of local transmission in the continental United States. The World Health Organization had declared Zika a global emergency. … Now, however, the spread of Zika in…More

Mail & Guardian Examines Zika Virus’s Impacts, Mysterious Decline

Mail & Guardian: Zika virus: still no clear answers “…[In 2015,] Brazil, then the rest of the Americas, braced for disaster, as a newly vicious strain of the Zika virus was carried by mosquitoes inexorably north. … [W]hile epidemiologists and public health experts in Brazil are glad the [congenital Zika syndrome (CZS)] crisis was not…More

Most People Living With Chagas In U.S. Do Not Access Treatment Because Of Stigma, Lack Of…

HuffPost: While America Ignores A Disease Bigger Than Zika, Its Victims Remain Invisible “…Chagas is a deeply misunderstood disease that affects about eight million people around the world, primarily in Latin America, and is responsible for 10,000 deaths a year, according to the World Health Organization. It is estimated that 300,000 people in the United…More

Health Technicians’ Outreach, Education Help Reduce Mosquito Breeding Areas In Honduras

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Tracking Mosquito Breeding Sites to Combat Zika in Honduras Beatrice M. Spadacini, senior communications adviser for USAID’s Bureau of Global Health, describes a program in Honduras that employs health technicians to go door to door to inspect people’s homes for potential mosquito breeding grounds. Spadacini notes, “The good news, according…More

Immunity To Zika In Latin America, Caribbean Helping Lower Disease Incidence

Science: Zika has all but disappeared in the Americas. Why? “…Zika cases have plummeted in Latin America and the Caribbean, where the virus raged over the past two years, and much of the population is now immune to it. That, in turn, means fewer infected people entering the United States, reducing the chances of mosquitoes…More

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