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Canadian study — Pertussis vaccine only effective for three years

Researchers have found that the current Pertussis or whooping cough vaccine is highly effective for the first three years after it is administered, but its effectiveness starts to wane over the next few years, leaving little protection.

Antibody strategy shows promise against Ebola

A recent study, involving a new therapeutic strategy, points towards a weakness with the Ebola virus. Could this Achilles’ heel point towards an anti-Ebola treatment involving antibodies?

Three Zika vaccines show promise in monkey studies: report

Miami - Three different experimental Zika vaccines being developed in the United States have worked well in monkey studies, paving the way for human trials in the coming months, researchers said Thursday.

Second Zika vaccine trial gets under way in US

Miami - US health authorities Wednesday launched the second human trial of a vaccine against the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause birth defects and is now spreading in the US and Latin America.

Protecting people from Zika through 'universal' vaccine

Washington - A new study has shown that vaccinating people against a single strain of Zika virus should be sufficient to offer full protection against all genetically diverse strains of the virus.

Scientists find Zika antibodies in step toward vaccine

Washington - US researchers have identified antibodies in lab mice that may be able to prevent infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, in what they described Wednesday as a "significant step" toward a vaccine.

Early HIV vaccine results lead to major trial: researchers

Durban - Promising results from an early safety trial with a potential HIV vaccine have paved the way for a major new study, researchers announced at the International AIDS Conference in Durban on Tuesday.

Parents told to contact doctors amid Indonesia vaccine scandal

Jakarta - Indonesian parents were being advised Wednesday to consult their doctors and consider re-innoculating their children as a massive counterfeit vaccine scandal sweeps the country.

Antibodies found which 'neutralise' Zika virus: Study

Paris - European scientists announced Thursday they had found antibodies which attack Zika, a discovery they hope will pave the way for a protective vaccine against the brain-damaging virus.

Call to cut yellow fever vaccine dose

United Nations officials have recommended a cut to the standard dose of yellow fever vaccine, by 80 percent in emergencies, in order to preserve stocks.

FDA approves new cholera vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new vaccine for cholera. The drug is branded Vaxchora and itt targets a specific cholera called serogroup O1.

GSK sets out to help low income countries

London - In a bid seemingly to help poorer nations, drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline has said it will not file patents for drugs in the world's poorest countries to improve access to its products in the developing world.

China vaccine scandal sees 37 detained

Bejing - At least 37 suspects have been detained and 13 wholesalers put under investigation over a vaccine scandal that has raised deep concern about safety, Chinese media said Wednesday.

Vaccine refusal tied to increased risk of pertussis and measles

In recent years, measles and whooping cough (pertussis) has made a comeback in the United States. A study suggests it is tied to people refusing vaccinations.

World-first dengue fever vaccine cleared for use in Mexico: makers

Paris - The first-ever vaccine against dengue fever, which affects up to 400 million people per year, will be publicly available for the first time after being cleared for use in Mexico, French manufacturer Sanofi said Wednesday.

New drugs, mergers and protests, pharma industry round-up

This week a new drug for dealing with opioid overdose has been announced. There’s a buy-out for a dyslipidemia product; plus another larger merger; and also a vaccine price protest. Digital Journal brings another round-up of pharmaceutical sector news.

Flu jab less successful last season

London - The flu jab given out last winter in the U.K. was effective in only 34 percent of cases, according to a final report by Public Health England.

Long-lasting flu vaccine in development

Researchers have published successful data on their quest to develop a 'universal' flu vaccine. Trials relating to animal studies have recently been reported.

Study finds promising experimental MERS vaccine

Washington - An experimental vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) showed promising results in animal testing, sparking an immune system response that could lead to a vaccine for people, researchers said.

Big pharma company makes major purchase

Major pharmaceutical company Novartis has announced that it will take over the privately held Australian and U.S. company Spinifex Pharmaceuticals. This represents further diversification of Novartis’ portfolio.

Pfizer buys leading drugs from GSK to extend market share

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has purchased two vaccine manufacturers from GSK: Nimenrix and Mencevax. These products extend the company’s interest in this field.

Ghana suspends Ebola vaccine trial after 'guinea pig' backlash

Accra - Ghana has suspended a trial for an Ebola vaccine after complaints that locals were being needlessly used as "guinea pigs" in a country currently free of the deadly disease.

Scientists on verge of lifelong total flu vaccine

Scientists could have finally found a universal cure for all types of influenza. Instead of the often, ineffective annual jabs, they may soon be able to produce a one-off, lifelong injection against all strains of this distressing and often fatal disease.

US farms hit by bird flu – but a vaccine might make things worse

Eight million chickens and turkeys have been destroyed at 70 farms in 13 states due to the spreading H5N2 bird flu virus. Health officials are cautiously optimistic the virus will not affect humans, but are offering antiviral drugs to farm workers.

Ebola vaccine moves closer to reality

A novel Ebola vaccine being tested in China has been declared as "safe" and provokes a notable immune response in people. This is based on the outcome of a Phase 1 trial.

Why Canadian homeopaths can sell unproven vaccine alternatives

An investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation show Marketplace reveals some alternative health practitioners are offering unproven vaccine "alternatives" to parents. Also, they are downplaying the danger of ailments such as measles.

Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials: NIH

Washington - Researchers say they're a step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field.

Op-Ed: GOP administration shelved Ebola vaccine a decade ago

New York - The outbreak of Ebola that has killed nearly 5,000 people in Africa could have been stopped in its tracks except for the traditional cost-cutting by the Republican party.

Russian Health Minister: Three Ebola vaccines six months away

Moscow - On Saturday, Russian Health Minister, Veronika Skvortsova disclosed to journalists that three Ebola vaccines will be ready within the next six months.

Ebola death toll passes 4,000 says World Health Organization

With the start of human trials of an Ebola vaccine, the World Health Organization has released the latest figures on the current number of cases in seven nations affected by the Ebola virus. With 8,399 cases, the death toll is now 4,033.
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