Hepatitis B

Sudan: Vaccines Destroyed By Fire in West Darfur Capital

Substantial stocks of vaccines were destroyed in a fire that broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the immunisation office in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur.

Mubarak Adam Abakar, director of immunisation in West Darfur told Radio Dabanga that the fire destroyed the entire stock kept in cold storage, including routine vaccinations.

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New Chinese quality standards raise the risk of a hep B vaccine shortage

China's push to raise manufacturing standards was always likely to result in a few hiccups as companies raced to bring production plants into line with new regulations. And with the deadline for producers of injectables now having passed, it appears the hepatitis B vaccine market faces a tricky few months.

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China Investigates Vaccine Maker After Deaths of Infants

Health authorities in China are investigating one of the nation’s biggest vaccine makers after eight infants died in the past two months following injections that were meant to immunize them against hepatitis B.

The government said this week that it had suspended the use of millions of doses of a hepatitis B vaccine produced by the manufacturer, Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products. Government inspectors have been sent to examine the company’s facilities.

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Wolters Kluwer Health adds meningitis B vaccine to drug reference

Wolters Kluwer Health announced on Thursday that information about the European meningitis B vaccine was included in its drug reference resource Lexicomp Online and Facts and Comparisons eAnswers.

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WHO Executive Board Meeting

Hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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‘Remote-controlled’ vaccine delivery could eliminate need for booster jabs

Many vaccines, such as those for Hep A and B, HPV, MMR and rabies, need several booster doses to achieve maximal immunological protection. Booster doses add to the complexity of vaccine administration, especially when used in large vaccination campaigns in the developing world.

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GAVI Alliance board to consider new vaccine support

GAVI Alliance partners gathered in Cambodia this week for a meeting to determine which new vaccines will be added to its portfolio of support, the organization said on Tuesday.

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Low immunization coverage in Pakistan

Low immunization coverage is the cause of persistence of many vaccine preventable diseases in Pakistan. Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) was initiated in Pakistan in 1978 with the collaboration of WHO and UNICEF. 

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Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety

From the WHO Global Vaccine Safety webpage:

"The Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) was established in 1999 to respond promptly, efficiently, and with scientific rigour to vaccine safety issues of potential global importance.

The Committee provides independent, authoritative, scientific advice to WHO on vaccine safety issues of global or regional concern with the potential to affect in the short or long term national immunization programmes."

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