vaccines

2 Doctors Without Borders criticizes Gates-backed global vaccine strategy

The global health strategy to expand childhood immunizations, largely backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is too focused on new vaccines and neglects the fundamental need to improve basic public health and immunization programs in poor countries. So says Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), aka Doctors Without Borders, in…

2 The weird adventures of VacciBoy and ImmuGirl

The World Health Organization has a media campaign using cartoon super heroes to promote vaccination. In case you weren’t aware, this week was declared by WHO to be Vaccination Week. So here they are, VacciBoy and ImmuGirl, gaining their superpowers by drinking liquids they discovered on the counter of a…

2 Queen of England bestows honor on PATH’s gizmo guy

The Queen of England has bestowed an exalted honor on PATH’s top gizmo guy. “She said global health was a rather big subject and must involve a lot of travel,” said Michael Free, chief of technology for PATH, who had in fact stopped off in London to be received by…

2 The obscure bug that set off Bill Gates, awakening a geeky giant

It kills anywhere from a quarter-million to half-a-million kids every year and is one of the world’s leading causes of child mortality. But it wasn’t too long ago hardly anybody had even heard of it. Rotavirus — the killer bug that set off Bill Gates and gave direction to his…

0 Video: Rotavirus vaccine roll-out

A video from GAVI regarding the roll-out of a new vaccine campaign against one of the world’s biggest killers of children, rotavirus: The introduction of rotavirus vaccines in Africa from GAVI Alliance on Vimeo.

0 Polio spreading from Pakistan to China

This is a discouraging reminder that global health is truly global, especially when it comes to infectious disease. As NPR’s Joe Neel reports today, Pakistan’s failure to eliminate polio appears to have spilled over into China and threatens to spread even wider. Neel reports: The World Health Organization says the…

10 Three reasons why CIA faked vaccines may cause contagion of damage

New Action Thriller: From UNICEF with Love?Flickr, johanoomen Now that the CIA has acknowledged running a deceptive, if not totally fake, vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the effort months ago to hunt down Osama bin Laden, here are three reasons why this episode is prompting an angry response…