(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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(FoxNews) Polio that has crippled at least 13 children in Syria has been confirmed as being caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East, the World Health Organization said. Genetic sequencing shows the strain found in Syrian children in Deir al-Zor, Read More »
- November 13, 2013
(ABCNews) Corpses are lying where they died in areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, bloating and decomposing because no one is available to remove them. The sight may be horrifying, but for years people have assumed that they cause disease – a fact doctors say is simply not true. Although infectious diseases Read More »
- November 12, 2013
(NuclearThreatInitiative) Developing countries in Central Asia are making notable strides in their attempts to increase their governmental capacity to guard against biological-weapon threats, according to the U.S. State Department. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation Simon Limage on Friday noted how countries in the region — which stretches from the Read More »
- November 12, 2013
(GlobalBiodefense) An experimental vaccine to protect against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading cause of illness and hospitalization among very young children, elicited high levels of RSV-specific antibodies when tested in animals, according to a recent report in the published in the journal Science. Early-stage human clinical trials of the candidate Read More »
- November 11, 2013
Dr. Nishal Mohan, founder and creator of the Virtual Biosecurity Center (VBC) has resigned his position as the Executive Director of the VBC and also his position as a VBC Board of Advisor member. Nishal joined the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) in December of 2008 to specifically work on the Read More »
- September 16, 2011