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WHO elections

World Immunization Week: Vaccines No.1 Public Health Tool

Dr David Nabarro is quoted in an article on vaccines as the No1 public health tool, as part of World Immunization Week 

April 23, 2017
Voice of America, Cantech Letter

Non communicable diseases

Personalized vaccines hold cancer at bay in two early trials

A novel class of personalized cancer vaccines, tailored to the tumours of individual patients, kept disease in check in two early-stage clinical trials, pointing to a new way to help the immune system fight back. Although so-called immunotherapy drugs from the likes of Merck and Co, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Roche are starting to revolutionize cancer care, they still only work for a limited number of patients. By adding a personalized cancer vaccine, scientists believe it should be possible to improve substantially the effectiveness of such immune-boosting medicines

July 5, 2017

Health systems

5000 Queensland babies on waiting list for tuberculosis vaccine

Just a year after the Queensland Government introduced its “no jab, no play” policy in a bid to combat anti-vaxxers, it has emerged 5000 of the state’s children are on a waiting list for a tuberculosis vaccine. A chronic global shortage of the Bacille Calmette Guerin vaccine meant it was unavailable in Australia for all of 2016 and health authorities are struggling to clear the backlog, leaving thousands of children without defence to the wasting disease once known as consumption

June 24, 2017

Nigerian government to set up vaccines joint venture with May & Baker

Nigeria’s cabinet approved a plan to set up a joint venture with pharmaceutical firm May & Baker Nigeria Plc, to produce vaccines, the health minister said, the JV will be based in Lagos, with the government holding a 49% stake and the pharmaceutical firm the rest. It will take off in 2017 and the final agreement will be signed within two weeks

May 31, 2017

WHO Official: Medicines Should Not Be Priced At The Value Of A Life

WHO assistant director general, Marie-Paule Kieny, urged people to moved away from the notion of value-based pricing and towards fair pricing, telling WHA delegates the WHO is beginning to work on this, then the discussion moves on through pricing of vaccines to other medical products as WHO tries to get to grips with the basics of pricing, which may not necessarily be low if it can be shown it is expensive to produce. Similarly, the notion of delinking the price from the costs of R&D is a further issue, push funding for research being one way to counteract this

May 26, 2017

Sociedad Venezolana de Puericultura y Pediatría: No hay vacunas en el país

Venezuelan health NGOs are sounding the alarm. “There has been no pneumococcal vaccines for two years. In the state of Bolivar there is only 50% coverage for diphtheria vaccines. Three years have gone by since we had chickenpox vaccine and we’ve not had yellow fever vaccine for quite some time. Last year, many children did not receive protection against tuberculosis. Now on top we have malnutrition throughout many parts of the country, we are in crisis”, the healthcare sector NGO said

May 2, 2017
El Nacional
April 28, 2017
Reporte1, Noti Express Color

Half of children born in Ho are not immunised – Dr. Djokoto

Dr Djokoto, Municipal Director of the Ghana Health Services, said although diseases such as polio and measles have been eradicated, the Ho Municipal authorities were sitting on a health time bomb and risked seeing outbreaks once again due to negligence. He said vaccinations were vital in warding off diseases and charged local health authorities to take the immunisation programme seriously and improve public sensitization of health risks

May 2, 2017
News Ghana

Meningitis outbreak exposes the Federal Government's unpreparedness for epidemics

The Guardian Nigeria highlights the ongoing Cerebrospinal meningitis epidemic which has spread like wildfire in terms of cases and deaths across 17 states. It asks the pertinent question as to whether the government should have been better prepared to manage such an epidemic and not allowed it to cause this level of devastation

April 9, 2017
Guardian Nigeria
April 6, 2017
Punch Nigeria

Communicable diseases

New vaccine production could improve flu shot accuracy

For decades, vaccine manufacturers have used chicken eggs to grow the flu virus strains included in the seasonal vaccine. But because these human strains frequently mutate to adapt to their new environment, the resulting vaccine is often an imperfect match to the virus that it is supposed to protect against. Researchers have now devised a way to keep the human influenza virus from mutating during egg-based production, generating a perfect match to the target vaccine

July 24, 2017
Science Daily

Who proposes to change the composition of influenza vaccines

Existing vaccines are not the same antigenic properties of influenza viruses type A and B. The WHO recommends to completely change the composition of influenza vaccines for the Northern hemisphere. This decision is due to antigenic mismatch of vaccines and the viruses that cause epidemic

July 5, 2017
Mice Times of Asia

Nigeria: Why South West States Have No Meningitis C Vaccines - Officials

There is a tangible absence of the Cerebro Spinal Meningitis Type C vaccine in public health institutions across many states in the South West Zone and Kwara, a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria has revealed. Authorities said there was no vaccine because there are no cases of the disease in these zones at the moment. A pharmacist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the storage and preservation of vaccines was expensive, due to an irregular power supply, and this can often result in a loss

May 21, 2017

West Africa Ebola vaccine trial aims to strengthen local health systems

Health experts say they are confident that West African countries whose health systems were crippled by the 2014 Ebola crisis are able to conduct meaningful research in the phase two critical trial of Ebola vaccine candidates, now underway. The trials in Guinea, Liberia and later Sierra Leone, are testing three vaccination strategies and two vaccines to identify which holds the most promise

May 12, 2017

Partnership of nations set to combat pandemic health threats

The FT reports on the coming together of an international team of specialists who are going to work to combat pandemic health threats. Backed by the UK, Norway, the EU, the Gates Foundation and India, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi) is a partnership designed to support research and coordination to accelerate the development and distribution of new vaccines, limiting the threat of emerging lethal infections 

April 19, 2017
Financial Times, Financial Times