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18 December 2014

A global conspiracy of health

Source: The Washington Post

In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as the world’s population increased by about 1 billion. There are a variety of reasons for increased child survival, including improved prevention of malaria and HIV. But according to a recent report in the Lancet, about half of these gains came from reductions in pneumonia, diarrhea and measles — diseases addressed by vaccination. We are seeing the continuation of what is perhaps the greatest scientific contribution to human well-being: the artificial preparation of the immune system to ward off bacteria and viruses.

05 December 2014

Ebola Vaccines: Why Clinical Trials Are Just the First Step

Source: The Huffington Post

With clinical trials for Ebola vaccines now under way, and with governments and manufacturers stepping up to fund them, there is an almost palpable sense that the panic is over and the problem solved. The reality, however, is that even if a safe and effective vaccine emerges and the epidemic is brought under control, we are still in many ways no better prepared for future outbreaks than we were a year ago.

04 December 2014

An Important Step in Congress for Protecting Children’s Health

Source: Vaccines Work

When we talk about vaccines, we usually talk about impact. We talk about the millions of lives saved, we talk about progress made and we talk about the healthier world they build. All of that is true, and all of that is incredibly important. But today, I want to talk about the critical role that our elected officials play in this story. Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed Resolution 578, supporting the role of the United States in ensuring that children in the world’s poorest countries have access to vaccines and immunization through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

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