Author Archives: Rabita Aziz

48th Union World Conference: New vaccine needed to eliminate TB, researchers say

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – For all the emphasis on new tuberculosis treatments and repurposed drugs to meet the World Health Organization’s End TB goals at the Union World Conference on Lung Health, one elusive tool remains the missing piece in achieving the goal of eliminating TB: an effective vaccine that provides long-term protection. Without that, United […]

48th Union World Conference: Good participatory practice guidelines come to TB vaccine development

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Describing the value of working with funders, sponsors, industry partners, governments and community members during all stages of tuberculosis vaccine research and development, the Good Participatory Practice Guidelines for TB Vaccine Research released the first day of this conference is the latest step in a movement to ensure those most affected by […]

House Appropriations Committee maintains funding for most global health programs finalizing spending measures for floor action

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The House Appropriations Committee maintained funding for global HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and other global health programs while cutting domestic and global family planning and reproductive health funding and accepting the President’s request for global health security in Wednesday’s full committee votes on bills funding domestic and global health programs for the fiscal year beginning October […]

Future of global health funding uncertain during time of great need, panelists say

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While lawmakers have indicated they may reject cuts to U.S. global health funding, the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Institutes for Health, among other agencies, “should be looked at as a clear direction of where U.S. policy towards global health is going,” Jen Kates of the […]

From bird flu to yellow fever, we’re reading about zoonotic disease outbreaks

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Human cases of bird flu are surging, officials concerned of high pandemic potential – Genetic changes in the H7N9 virus are alarming public health officials globally and are causing officials to reexamine their pandemic preparedness. Over 460 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus this winter, representing one third of […]

Transition 2017: Tillerson confirmed as Secretary of State after divided Senate vote

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The Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson to become Secretary of State on Wednesday after a vote that saw the former chief executive of ExxonMobil receive more opposing votes than any other secretary of state nominee in American history. With a 56-43 vote, three Democrats and one independent joined all 52 Senate Republicans in confirming Tillerson to […]

115th Congress and Global Health: House Energy and Commerce gets new Chair, new leader and members for its Health Subcommittee

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) – Fresh after ensuring the House remained in Republican control after serving as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Rep. Walden takes over as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from Rep. Fred Upton, who stepped down due to term limits. Before he was elected to the House […]

Yellow fever, Zika, Ebola — We’re reading about outbreaks old and new, and the global response

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Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil – Brazil’s Ministry of Health reports dozens of deaths resulting from a yellow fever outbreak in Minas Gerais, a large, inland state with low yellow fever vaccine coverage. Because Minas Gerais is adjacent to the states of Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and other highly populated states with low vaccine […]