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Tackling Zika: Q&A With PaxVax CEO Nima Farzan


As mosquito season kicks into high gear and the threat of Zika transmission in the United States grows, the global health community is grappling with how to address not only the potential for large-scale outbreaks in the near-term but the possibility that Zika will linger as an on-going threat, similar to West Nile virus, for years to come. More than 15 companies and public-health organizations have publically stated that they are working on Zika vaccine Read More >

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USA Today: Vaccine opt-outs put public health at risk


In an editorial yesterday, USA Today’s editors called attention to a growing public health problem: the resurgence of vaccine preventable illnesses as a result of parents choosing to forgo vaccinating their children. The paper notes recent outbreaks of measles in small clusters, including Orange County, California, which saw 22 cases reported this month, and Brooklyn, New York. In all of 2013, there were 189 cases reported nationwide. Already this year, we’ve seen 115 cases, in Read More >

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FDA: Vaccines a Critical Tool in Protecting and Promoting Public Health


Yesterday, Dr. Karen Midthun of the FDA wrote about the important role of vaccines in promoting public health: Vaccines are a critical tool in protecting and promoting the public health in the U.S. and around the world. The risks from childhood diseases like measles, mumps and polio have been greatly reduced, or in the case of polio, eliminated in the U.S. Vaccines are one of the great public health success stories of the 20th century. Dr. Midlun Read More >

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


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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Biodefense Preparedness Key for National Public Health


Over the last decade, our nation has responded to deliberate biological attacks – the mailing of anthrax-laden letters – and severe naturally-occurring disease outbreaks including SARS and the 2009-H1N1 flu pandemic. As an industry, biotechnology can help improve our nation’s capacity to prepare and respond to natural disasters, bioterrorist attacks, and outbreaks of infectious disease. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) was established to support the advanced development and procurement of drugs, vaccines, Read More >

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