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 …

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Is the WHO Blaming BigPharma for Ebola?

No. They’re blaming governments for not investing. WHO Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan, said on Monday that the lack of an Ebola vaccine is due to Ebola historically being confined to poor ‘African nations. At the regional committee for Africa in Benin on Monday, Dr. Chan, Director general of the World Health Organization, said that  ‘Ebola emerged nearly four decades …

New Positive Dengue Vaccine Results From Sanofi’s Biggest Trial Yet

Sanofi today announced the positive results of a 20,000 strong phase III trial of their pioneering dengue vaccine This final study from Sanofi Pasteur, Sanofi’s vaccine arm, has demonstrated a 60.8 reduction in cases of dengue  fever amongst it’s 20,875 strong population of 9-16 year olds in Latin America. This was accompanied by a 80% reduction in hospitalisations caused by …

Ebola situation in Nigeria and Guinea: encouraging signs

August 19th, 2014 The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa continues to evolve, with cases confirmed in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. At present, no cases have been confirmed anywhere else in the world outside these 4 countries. Nigeria The situation in Lagos, Nigeria, where the first imported case was detected in July, looks reassuring. At present, …

Ebola Outbreak is Declared a Public Health Emergency by WHO Committee

August 8th, 2014 The first meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by director-general Margaret Chan under the International Health Regulations (2005) [IHR (2005)] regarding the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa was held by teleconference August 6-7, 2014. Members and advisors of the Emergency Committee met by teleconference on both days of the meeting. During the informational …

WHO – Immunization coverage reaches 84%, still short of 90% goal

July 17, 2014 More than 111 million infants received vaccines in 2013 to protect them from deadly diseases. These infants account for about 84% of the world’s children, but an estimated 21.8 million infants remained unvaccinated, according to new estimates from WHO and UNICEF. The estimates tell a success story for the Expanded Programme on Immunization, namely that global coverage …

Amidst severe polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the WHO says that a "co-ordinated international response" is needed. Studies show that an extra dose of the of Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) may be the solution.

Extra Dose of Inactivated Polio Vaccine Provides Stronger Protection in Children

Amidst severe polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the WHO says that a “coordinated international response” is needed. Studies show that an extra dose of the of Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) may be the solution. As the WHO has declared the spread of polio an “international public health emergency,” growing pressure has been placed on co-coordinating an international …