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NPR’s Shots Blog: Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

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This past weekend, Michaeleen Doucleff at NPR’s Shots blog shared a fascinating but disturbing map from the Council on Foreign Relations, How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases. The map covers 2008-2013 and shows outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, whooping cough, and other diseases that are preventable with vaccines. As the article notes, we’ve seen a large increase in whooping cough cases here in the US. While the 24,000 cases seen in Read More >

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Children in Philippines Receive Vaccines Against Measles, Polio

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The Government of the Philippines with support from UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners recently announced a mass campaign to vaccinate more than 30,000 children against measles and polio in typhoon-hit Tacloban. They also received Vitamin A supplements to help improve their immunity against infections. More than 5,000 people were killed and more than 1,600 people are missing two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines. More than a million homes Read More >

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It’s World Polio Day – Time to Make History

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Oct. 24 is World Polio Day, an opportunity to share a message of extreme importance: The global community must step up now with the resources needed to eradicate this crippling childhood disease once and for all. In all of history, smallpox is the only human disease to be eradicated. It’s time to make global health history a second time by wiping out polio. And that can only happen by reaching every child in every corner Read More >

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Is the Polio Vaccine an Anti-Patent Success Story?

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By Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Industry Organization Question from a Reader: Heather: Whether Jonas Salk believed in patenting research or not isn’t important, at least not to me. What I do find important, and hadn’t realized until reading this article, is that the polio vaccine was extremely successful despite the fact that it wasn’t patented. That sounds like an interesting story because it goes against the current dogma of ‘we won’t Read More >

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The Real Reason Why Salk Refused to Patent the Polio Vaccine

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A guest writer in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal repeated the oft quoted Jonas Salk statement about his Polio vaccine: “There is no patent.  Could you patent the sun?”  Many use this statement as the moral impetus for refusing patents on medically important innovations (see Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story).  Unfortunately, Jonas Salk created a myth that day by leaving out several crucial details. As pointed out by Robert Cook-Deegan at Read More >

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