polio

2 Financial investors buy $700 million in bonds for global vaccines

Public health emergencies arise around the world on a regular basis. Humanitarian and aid organizations need to act quickly, but they need money to get work done. An emergency appeal for millions, if not billions, of dollars can take time to fulfil. So what if the money was already available?…

0 Resistance to Polio Vaccines in Pakistan Beyond the Taliban

Two more polio vaccine workers were shot dead in northwest Pakistan on Sunday. It is the latest attack on polio eradication efforts in Pakistan that extends back to a series of attacks at the end of 2012. The BBC cites 17 polio vaccine worker deaths in the past few months.…

0 Skepticism of vaccine programs overseas made worse by Zero Dark Thirty film

Is it foreign aid or covert aid?Flickr, johanoomen Journalist Rob Crilly rightfully criticizes the film Zero Dark Thirty for getting its facts wrong about the CIA vaccination campaign that sought to confirm the DNA of bin Laden’s children. The truth is dangerous enough. But Zero Dark Thirty risks making a difficult situation worse…

0 A(nother) polio emergency, perhaps the final one

The world is close to eradicating polio but this infectious disease has a tendency — like the whack-a-mole game — to pop up just when you think you’ve got it put down. The polio eradication campaign has been quite successful, getting rid of endemic polio in all but three countries:…