Top 20 influencers in Asia’s vaccines industry

The Asian vaccine market can be split into two big groups. One is where a hub of innovative ideas and vaccine pipelines are waiting to reach the global market (“producers” or “purchasers”). This would include countries like Japan, Australia and Korea. The other is where a large pool of long unmet medical needs against polio, measles and seasonal influenza is …

Korea’s vaccine manufacturers gain additional support

Good news for Korean vaccine manufacturers—the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), formerly known as Korea Food & Drug Administration (KFDA), shared its plans to further support the domestic vaccine developers and boost their global market share. By growing its WHO pre-qualification counseling and consulting arm, local vaccine manufacturers will be aided with higher chances to obtain WHO …

Viral hepatitis gives Asia-Pacific a wake-up call

Following a forum held last month by the Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP), health experts have urged the Asia-Pacific countries to set actions against viral hepatitis as a public health priority. Recognizing the financial barriers in formulating national strategies based on the WHO framework, Jennifer Johnston, the organization’s Executive Director, stressed the need for “cross-sector partnerships”. …

The Bystander Effect: do rotavirus infections lead to type I diabetes?

Research, lead by Associate Professor Barbara Coulson of Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne, has found a co-relation between rotavirus and Type I diabetes. Both diseases are usually diagnosed in children. Rotavirus is a deadly form of sever diarrhoea, whilst Type I diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, is a chronic condition which results from the …

Dengue-blocking mosquito: A Natural Vaccine to the Growing Dengue Fever?

According to the World Health Organization’s latest research, dengue fever is expected to imperil 2.5 billion people worldwide, mostly in Latin America and Southeast Asia.  Statistics show that 1 in 18 people every year die from the disease otherwise known as the ‘breakbone fever’ due to the high fever accompanied by severe bone and joint pains. No specific treatment or …