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EU Approval Of First Ebola Vaccine Is A Game Changer

EU Approval Of First Ebola Vaccine Is A Game Changer

This week the European Commission gave approval to an Ebola vaccine — an act that the World Health Organization calls landmark moment for global health and a likely game-changer in the battle against this deadly disease. This is the first time an Ebola vaccine has been licensed anywhere in the world.  The next step, prequalification […]

Kenya Joins Ghana And Malawi To Roll Out Landmark Malaria Vaccine

Kenya Joins Ghana And Malawi To Roll Out Landmark Malaria Vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the Government of Kenya for launching the world’s first malaria vaccine today in Homa Bay County, western Kenya. The malaria vaccine pilot programme is now fully underway in Africa, as Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to introduce the landmark vaccine as a tool against a disease that continues to […]

Ghana Launches Malaria Vaccine For Children

Ghana Launches Malaria Vaccine For Children

Children in Ghana are starting to get a new vaccine designed to stop malaria. Ghana is the second African country to get the vaccine, which is expected to reduce cases of the mosquito-borne and sometimes fatal disease. But experts caution that other malaria-prevention measures are still necessary. It took more than thirty years and almost […]

Costa Rica Hit With First Measles Case In 5 Years Due To Unvaccinated Tourist

Costa Rica Hit With First Measles Case In 5 Years Due To Unvaccinated Tourist

An unvaccinated French boy vacationing with his parents is believed to have brought measles to Costa Rica, which had been free of the disease since 2014. The 5-year-old and his parents, who were not identified, arrived in Costa Rica on Feb. 18, according to a statement from the country’s Ministry of Health. The child’s mother, […]

Malaria Kills Around 430,000 People A Year

Malaria Kills Around 430,000 People A Year

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will pilot the world’s first malaria vaccine from 2018, offering it for babies and children in high-risk areas as part of real-life trials, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The injectable vaccine, called RTS,S or Mosquirix, was developed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to protect children from the most deadly form […]

Fears Of Global Yellow Fever Epidemic Grow As Vaccine Stocks Dwindle

Fears Of Global Yellow Fever Epidemic Grow As Vaccine Stocks Dwindle

A last-ditch effort to prevent yellow fever spreading through Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and potentially developing into a global epidemic is to be launched using vaccines containing a fifth of the normal dose because the global stockpile is so low. Yellow fever is frequently lethal, killing half of those who develop […]