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Afghanistan: Ulama supports polio vaccination program

Over 120 Islamic scholars, the ulama, gathered in a conference on 3 November 2016 in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, to express their support for Afghanistan’s polio eradication programme. The ulama highlighted that the polio vaccine was crucial for...

Arkansas mumps outbreak rises, ‘Strain may have evolved enough to surmount the vaccine’

The number of mumps cases reported in Arkansas continues to grow as health officials today put the provisional total case count (suspected and lab confirmed) at 1,652. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) says throughout this outbreak, 90% to 95% of...

MERS vaccine progress published in recent study

New York Blood Center (NYBC) today announced groundbreaking findings toward the development of vaccines for the prevention of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. The findings were revealed in a new study on the effective...

HIV vaccine trial to take place in South Africa

The first HIV vaccine efficacy study to launch anywhere in seven years is now testing whether an experimental vaccine regimen safely prevents HIV infection among South African adults. The study, called HVTN 702, involves a new version of the only HIV...

Vaccines Are Undervalued And Underappreciated And Who Is To Blame?

Vaccines are one of the most successful scientific breakthroughs and most cost-effective health investments in history. In fact, with the exception of safe drinking water, vaccine is widely considered to be the greatest medical invention of modern civilization....

Malaria vaccine to be rolled out in Africa in 2018

The world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa, WHO confirmed today. Funding is now secured for the initial phase of the programme and vaccinations are due to begin in 2018. The vaccine, known as RTS,S,...

Zika virus: Neonatal mouse model provides a new platform for research

A new mouse model developed by scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may help in exploring the potential activity of Zika virus vaccines and therapeutics. Published today in PLoS Pathogens, is the description of a neonatal mouse model that...

Flu vaccine can be improved: Texas researchers

A team of engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin is reporting new findings on how the influenza vaccine produces antibodies that protect against disease, research that suggests that the conventional flu vaccine can be improved....

DNA-based Zika vaccine showed protection from infection, brain damage and death

As the global spread of the Zika virus continues, efforts are underway to halt the disease’s transmission. While no licensed therapies or vaccines to protect against the Zika virus are currently available, new research published in the journal npj...

Nigeria: Measles vaccination campaign in Borno State

Since 6 June 2016, health clinics in IDP camps in Borno State have seen increasing numbers of measles cases. From early September until late October, 744 suspected cases of measles, and 2 deaths, were reported from WHO-established EWARS reporting sites....
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