Preserving Vaccines

Scientists studying microbes that live in volcanic hot springs have invented a way to preserve viruses that could someday change how vaccines are delivered in poor countries.


CDC Foundation receives $13.5 million for meningitis, rotavirus vaccines

The CDC Foundation announced on Tuesday that it received $13.5 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the implementation of meningitis and rotavirus vaccines.

The grants will allow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide, according to the CDC Foundation.


Storm-hit Philippines faces risk of diarrhoea, tetanus -MSF

The risk of skin disease, diarrhoea and tetanus are high in storm-hit central Philippines where homes have been flattened and most of the health infrastructure damaged, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Sunday.


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."


Task Force on Immunization in Africa

From the Task Force on Immunization (TIF) in Africa website:


Millions of Ethiopian children to be protected each year against leading cause of severe diarrhoea

Ethiopia will today begin protecting the 2.8 million children born in the country each year with a vaccine against rotavirus, which leads to severe, and often fatal, diarrhoea.

The country has one of the greatest burdens of rotavirus in the world, accounting for 6% of all rotavirus-related deaths globally. Ethiopia is the 17th country to introduce rotavirus vaccines with GAVI Alliance support.


Lancement officiel de l’introduction dans le PEV de deux nouveaux vaccins au Burkina Faso : le Rotateq et le PCV13

Ce 31 octobre 2013, la Première Dame du Burkina Faso a procédé au lancement officiel de l’introduction de deux nouveaux vaccins dans le Programme Elargi de vaccination (PEV). Il s’agit des vaccins anti pneumococcique et anti Rota-virus. La cérémonie a eu pour cadre la commune de Tanghin Dassouri (20 km à l’Ouest de Ouagadougou la capitale). On notait la présence de M. Léné Sebgo,  ministre de la Santé, accompagnée du ministre de l’Administration territoriale et de la Sécurité et du ministre de la Jeunesse, de la Formation professionnelle et de l’Emploi. Etaient également présents, Dr.


A New Partnership to Accelerate Vaccine Research and Development

Accelerating the development of affordable new vaccines for the developing world is one of the most important factors in reducing child deaths and lifting the burden of disease that afflicts many poor countries. Even as global child deaths have declined from 12.6 million to 6.6 million over the last two decades, preventable diseases like pneumonia, diarrheal disease and malaria  remain the world’s leading causes of death among children under age 5.  


Casi 250 millones de niños de países pobres serán inmunizados entre 2011 y 2015

Alrededor de 243 millones de niños de países en desarrollo serán inmunizados en el quinquenio 2011-2015 gracias a la Alianza Mundial para la Inmunización y la Vacunación (GAVI Alliance, según su denominación en inglés), de la que forman parte los Estados donantes y receptores, la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS),