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Vaccines Beyond 2012

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Each year, approximately 1.7 million children die from a vaccine-preventable disease, and the vast majority of these deaths occur in developing countries. This BIO 2012 session, moderated by Peg Willingham of the United Nations Foundation, addressed various ways industry can help increase access to life-saving vaccines for children and adults in resource-poor countries. The thoughts of a few of the speakers on the panel for this session are summarized below. The panelists suggested that for Read More >

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Implementing the WHO PIP Framework – Industry’s Role & Outlook

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In May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework after nearly five years of contentious negotiations. As noted by Anne Huvos, WHO Secretariat, the two objectives of the PIP Framework are: (1) to improve sharing of influenza viruses with human pandemic potential; and (2) to achieve more predictable, efficient, and equitable access to benefits, such as vaccines and antiviral medicines, during future pandemics. The subject of a session at Read More >

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Pregnant in Heels Covers Immunizations

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BIO may not be on reality TV, but one of our favorite messages- the importance of infant immunization- was discussed in a recent episode of Bravo TV’s Pregnant in Heels. Expectant mother Nia claimed that vaccinations were unnecessary and antiquated, but maternity concierge Rosie made it clear that immunizations would protect Nia’s baby from infectious disease. Check out a recap and clips from the episode on Bravo’s website to see what happened! Also check out 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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HIV/AIDS and Biotechnology

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By David Welch, President/Senior Producer at M2 MultiMedia When the HIV/AIDS epidemic became widely known in the early 1980s I lived in San Francisco. I lost many dear friends during those years. That made working on “HIV/AIDS and Biotechnology” very personal to me. Thirty years later and despite an all-too-common public perception that this terrible disease has been solved, the research to find a vaccine is actually more important than ever. The sad truth is that Read More >

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