(TheVerge) Vaccinations have been credited with some of humanity’s greatest health technological triumphs over disease, including drastically reducing polio around the globe and almost eliminating smallpox entirely. But how many people have been spared life-threatening infections thanks to the introduction of vaccines? At least 103.1 million children in the US alone since 1924, according to a new analysis of historical infection rate data going back to 1888.
- December 2, 2013 |
(LosAngelesTimes) Despite intense pressure to hold down federal spending, the Defense Department is launching a high-priced effort to create its own production pipeline for vaccines and biodefense drugs — an initiative that defies the advice of government-hired experts and duplicates what another agency is doing.
- November 25, 2013 |
(TheNational) When Abu Dhabi hosted the Global Vaccine Summit in April, polio’s days finally seemed to be numbered. Responding to the call from Unicef to see the disease wiped from the face of planet in just six more years, nations including the UAE joined forces with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Unicef and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates to pledge almost every cent of the estimated US$5.5 billion (Dh20bn) cost of eradicating polio by 2018.
- November 18, 2013 |
Op-Ed – Improving Intelligence on Emerging Bioweapons Threats: New Engagements Needed Between Intelligence and Academia
Kathleen M. Vogel, Associate Professor, Department of Science and Technology Studies and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cornell University Since the end of the Cold War and the rise of asymmetric security threats, the U.S intelligence and policy communities have been increasingly concerned about new types of bioweapons attacks that might arise from a spectrum of state and non-state actors. In a 1995 U.S. Senate hearing, CIA official Gordon Oehler lamented that, “the increasingly troubled post–Cold War world has, in a curious way, made us yearn for the dark days of the 1960s and 1970s when we knew Read More »
- January 16, 2013 |
Op-Ed – With the Changing Biological threat…smart international engagement policy would lower cost and increase national security.
David R. Franz, DVM, Ph.D. Former Commander US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases “There is no technical solution…”: In 1998, after we understood the enormity of the Soviet offensive program and the potential of the Iraqi one to disrupt, Nobel Laureate Joshua Lederberg said, “There is no technical solution to this problem of biological warfare. It needs an ethical, human and moral solution, if it’s going to happen at all….” Then he paused and said, “But would an ethical or moral solution appeal to a sociopath?” The early days of the biological Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program were similar Read More »
- November 13, 2012 |
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(Eurekalert) Computational work conducted at Northwestern University has led to a new mathematical theory for understanding the global spread of epidemics. The resulting insights could not only help identify an outbreak’s origin but could also significantly improve the ability to forecast the global pathways through which a disease might spread.
- December 12, 2013
(WorldHealthOrganization) On 6 December 2013, WHO was notified of two laboratory confirmed cases of locally acquired chikungunya disease in the French part of the Caribbean isle of Saint Martin. The other part of the isle is a country that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Sint Maarten). These two Read More »
- December 11, 2013
(FoxNews) The first adjuvanted bird flu vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Medical Daily reported. A vaccine adjuvant is a substance added to a vaccine in order to improve the body’s immune response to the drug. The two-dose vaccine, used to protect against the H5N1 Read More »
- December 9, 2013
(ArmyTimes) The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to reinvent the way bodies are taught to fight off deadly viruses and bacteria — without needing a vaccine to make it happen. DARPA, the secretive Pentagon research arm, has hired Pfizer, Inc., to lead a program to build a technology that would Read More »
- December 9, 2013
(WorldHealthOrganization) The fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) [IHR (2005)] concerning MERS-CoV was held by teleconference on Wednesday, 4 December 2013, from 12:00 to 15:50 Geneva time (CET). In addition to Members of the Emergency Committee, two expert advisors also participated1. Read More »
- December 5, 2013