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New vaccine could guard against common birth defect-causing virus

An experimental vaccine using a novel defense mechanism may eventually help protect people from a common virus that affects more than half of the U.S. population and causes congenital birth defects in some cases.
 
Using the most common form of white blood cell, called neutrophils, scientists from Cardiff University have found a way to quell cytomegalovirus, or CMV.
 
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Public health: Joint purchasing of vaccines and medicines becomes a reality in the EU

Today, the Commission approved a Joint Procurement Agreement, which will enable all EU countries to procure pandemic vaccines and other medical countermeasures as a group, rather than individually.
 
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Immunize Canada announces the new ImmunizeCA App

Visit Immunize Canada about the ImmunizeCA appFrom Immunize Canada's website:

ImmunizeCA App

What it does

Provide Canadians with the ability to:

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THREE NEW VACCINES TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN UZBEKISTAN

This year, the doctors are going to provide coverage of at least 97% of a contingent with preventive vaccinations, according to the national immunization schedule. This will ensure the country's epidemiological wellbeing on infections, the spread of which can be successfully controlled through vaccination.

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Millions of Nigeria children in danger as country runs out of vaccines

An estimated six to seven million Nigerian children of immunizable age are in danger of dying from vaccine-preventable diseases this year, if the Federal Government fails to intervene in the current stock out of vaccines in the country, a body of scientists is warning.
The impact may not be fully felt yet as some states still rely on reserves. Lagos State, for instance, says it still has a three-month supply of BCG (given at birth against tuberculosis) OPV (oral polio virus), Pentavalent combination, measles, yellow fever and tetanus toxoid vaccines).
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INTRANASAL VACCINE PROTECTS MICE AGAINST WEST NILE INFECTION Read more: INTRANASAL VACCINE PROTECTS MICE AGAINST WEST NILE INFECTION

Researchers from Duke University have developed a nasal vaccine formulation that provides protective immunity against West Nile virus (WNV) infection in mice after only 2 doses.  They present their findings at the 2014 American Society for Microbiology Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting.

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Kyrgyzstan has zero rates on many virus diseases

Zero rates on many virus diseases can be observed in Kyrgyzstan. The Deputy Minister of Health Care Kubanychbek Choibekov stated today at a session of the committee on social policy.

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Meet the emerging world’s vaccine pioneers

Vaccines work wonders. They prevent disease from striking, which is better than treating it after the fact. They are also relatively cheap and easy to deliver. Yet millions of children do not get them. This has always been stunning to me. When we started the Gates Foundation 15 years ago, we assumed that all of the obvious steps were already being taken, and that we would have to go after the expensive or unproven solutions. In fact, delivering basic vaccines is still one of our top priorities.

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The world needs made-in-China vaccines, despite a recent spate of deaths

China’s ambition to become a major player in vaccines has hit a snag: the deaths of 17 newborn infants who had just received Chinese-made hepatitis B vaccines.

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Baby deaths not caused by Shenzhen firm's hepatitis B vaccine, say officials

Mainland health authorities do not believe hepatitis B vaccinations played a role in the deaths of 17 infants.

But Yu Jingjin, a department chief at the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said they would wait for the final autopsy reports before reaching a conclusive decision.

Concerns over the safety of hepatitis B vaccinations arose after four children died within 24 hours of receiving a shot made by Shenzhen-based Biokangtai Biological Products, all between December 13-19.

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