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Patents Not an Issue in the Fight Against Ebola

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As of October 23,2014 more than 4,900 people have died from the current Ebola outbreak, concentrated in the three West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Frustrated that the process of getting experimental vaccines to West Africa was not moving fast enough, some were quick to blame intellectual property rights. But in reality, as government officials were quick to point out, the WHO first needed to resolve important ethical and safety considerations before a vaccine that 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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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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If Biotech Builds…Will Financers Come?

Angie Drakulich from PharmaTech Talk writes: In many countries, it’s easy to get the health minister to understand the value of introducing a vaccine and related healthcare training and therapies to his or her population. It’s another thing to get the finance minister to buy into the effort. But healthcare education and training have made and continue to make great inroads into this area. Angie is part of our BIO Official Blog Program. Keep an Read More >

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World Health Day: The Global Impact of Vaccines

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As we celebrate World Health Day today, it is an opportunity to remember that vaccines represent one of the most important global health investments. The investment of time, money and dedication has brought enormous benefits to the world. According to the World Health Organization, immunizations save an estimated 2.5 million lives every year from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles. Biotechnology is helping us improve existing vaccines and create new vaccines against infectious agents. Read More >

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