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Pharma joins Gates Foundation, international governments in $1B outbreak prep group

Top drugmakers have joined with governments and nonprofits around the world to launch an alliance that’ll take a proactive approach to potential deadly outbreaks.

Dubbed the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the group has netted $460 million in funding with the aim to initially focus on the MERS-CoV, Lassa and Nipah viruses.

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WHO: Fighting Zika still requires 'intense action,' but it's an emergency no longer

Nearly a year ago, Zika came onto the world stage in a big way, quickly spreading to more than 50 countries and causing thousands of microcephaly cases. Soon after, the World Health Organization deemed the outbreak an international emergency.

Now, however, WHO is backing away from that "emergency" distinction.

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La grippe menace toujours le monde malgré un nombre grandissant de vaccinations

«Nous sommes assurément mieux préparés» qu’il y a dix ans, a dit la sous-directrice générale de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) Marie-Paule Kieny. Mais il reste beaucoup à faire, selon elle.
 
De trois à cinq millions de cas d’infections humaines sont observés de décembre à mai, a dit une responsable du département des pandémies à l’OMS, Wenqing Zhang. Les virus circulent par les oiseaux sauvages ou domestiques. De la grippe aviaire aux autres souches, 17 types et 11 sous-types peuvent être combinés.
 
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Tchad: lancement d'une campagne de vaccination contre la poliomyélite

Le secrétaire d'Etat tchadien à la Santé publique, Mahamat Annadif Youssouf, a lancé, dimanche à Pala, dans la région du Mayo-Kebbi ouest, frontalière avec le Cameroun, la quatrième édition de la campagne de vaccination contre la poliomyélite.
En réponse aux trois cas de poliovirus sauvage qui ont été confirmés dans l'Etat de Borno, Nigéria, pays frontalier du Tchad, en août 2016, le ministère de la Santé publique, en étroite collaboration avec l'UNICEF et l'OMS, a lancé le 16 septembre une campagne de vaccination en 5 tours.
 
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UNICEF halves price of children’s five-in-one vax with six suppliers

In a deal that could save millions of lives, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reached an unprecedented agreement with six manufacturers that slashes the price of pentavalent vaccine to half what the agency currently pays.

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Seasonal influenza vaccines market will hit $4.3 billion by 2025, says GlobalData

The seasonal influenza vaccine market across the seven major markets (7MM) of the US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and Japan, will rise from $3.1 billion in 2015 to $4.3 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate of 3.3%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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La vacunación infantil básica se amplía, pero continúan las desigualdades

El 86% de los niños de todo el mundo recibió en 2015 las tres dosis necesarias contra la difteria, tétanos y tosferina, según la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) y Unicef.

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Towards Elimination of Viral Hepatitis by 2030

Viral hepatitis—particularly hepatitis B and C—has been regarded as the silent killer for decades. However, with some vital progress now made, 2016 could be a turning point for the global prevention and control of viral hepatitis infection.
 
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India is next stop for GSK sales and marketing overhaul

GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) will bring its cleaned-up marketing and sales focus to India by following steps it took in China as it looks to shake off the damage its reputation took with the massive $489 million fine it paid last year for bribing doctors and hospitals to buy its drugs.

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Two teens infected by Zika virus now recovered

CHIANG MAI -- A boy and a girl, both aged 13 years, diagnosed as infected with the Zika virus were now free of the disease, Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said on Wednesday. 
 
Natee Damrong, mayor of Tambon Sai Sai Luang Municipality, issued an announcement under the Municipality Act of 1953 on Tuesday declaring Ban Cho village in tambon San Sai Noi a disease control area after after the two 13-year-old residents were found on June 20 to have the Zika virus in their bloodstream.
 
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