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Pharma chiefs expect coronavirus vaccine in 12-18 months

Geneva - The pharmaceutical industry expects it will take 12 to 18 months to roll out a coronavirus vaccine, executives said Thursday, as they jointly pledged to make it available worldwide based on need.

Coronavirus drugs: Who's doing what, and when they might come

Washington - Pharmaceuticals and research labs across the world are racing to find vaccines and treatments for the new coronavirus, using a variety of different technologies.

Scientists race to develop vaccine for new coronavirus

Fpo - Scientists from the United States to Australia are using new technology in an ambitious, multi-million-dollar drive to develop a vaccine in record time to tackle China's coronavirus outbreak.

Pakistan says Facebook to help in fight against polio

Islamabad - Pakistan says Facebook will help the country in its fight against polio after authorities blamed anti-vaccine content posted last year on the social network site for a leap in the number of cases.

No reprieve as Samoa measles death toll hits 70

Apia - A devastating measles outbreak continued to spread in Samoa, data released Monday showed, as the death toll from the epidemic climbed to 70, mostly young children.

Anti-vaxxer arrested as Samoa battles measles epidemic

Wellington - Samoan authorities warned Friday that anti-vaccine propaganda would not be tolerated, after a social media campaigner was arrested for opposing a mass immunisation drive aimed at containing the Pacific nation's deadly measles epidemic.

UN says online anti-vaxxers fuelling Samoa measles deaths

Wellington - Social media giants must crack down on anti-vaccination posts that are fuelling Samoa's deadly measles epidemic from afar, UNICEF's Pacific islands chief said Thursday.

Samoa shuts down in unprecedented battle against measles crisis

Wellington - Samoa entered a two-day lockdown Thursday to carry out an unprecedented mass vaccination drive aimed at containing a devastating measles epidemic that has killed dozens of children in the Pacific island nation.

WHO warns measles resurgent as Samoa deaths rise

Wellington - The World Health Organisation warned of a "slide back" in global efforts to eliminate measles Tuesday, as the death toll from an outbreak that has killed dozens of children in Samoa continued to climb.

Government shutdown in Samoa amid 'cruel' measles outbreak

Wellington - Samoa ordered a government shutdown to help combat a devastating measles outbreak Monday, as five more children succumbed to the virus, lifting the death toll in the tiny Pacific nation to 53.

Fears for infants in Samoa as measles deaths mount

Wellington - Measles infections continued to climb steeply in Samoa Thursday as a mass vaccination programme fails to reach the infants most vulnerable to the deadly epidemic.

U.S. states with the highest and lowest vaccination rates

Vaccines being essential for preventing disease outbreaks, but this important part of preventative medicine has been hampered by misinformation over the past decade. A new survey from WalletHub reveals the variations across U.S. states.

Anti-vaccine parents protest amid Ukraine measles outbreak

Kiev - Around 200 anti-vaccine protesters rallied in central Kiev Thursday after authorities threatened to ban unvaccinated children from schools in Ukraine, which has been hit by a deadly measles outbreak.

Uganda begins trial of Ebola vaccine: health officials

Kanpala - Uganda said Monday it had started a trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine that may be used in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak has killed more than 1,800 people.

20mn children not vaccinated in 2018: UN warns against 'stagnation'

Geneva - Almost 20 million children missed out on potentially life-saving vaccinations last year, the UN said Monday, as surging measles cases highlighted "dangerous" gaps in efforts to shield kids from preventable illness.Last year, 19.

In Afghanistan, conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak

Kandahar - Two-year-old Farid should have been vaccinated against polio, but his family -- like many in rural Afghanistan -- believed the conspiracy theories and refused to have him inoculated.

US risks losing measles elimination status with record cases

Washington - The United States risks losing its measles "elimination status" if current outbreaks continue, US health authorities said Thursday.

Fight vaccine hesitancy as 'contagious disease', UN meeting told

Geneva - Faced with a global resurgence of measles, health experts called Tuesday for countries to step up the fight against vaccine resistance, warning the movement was spreading like a contagious disease.

Study urges mandatory measles jabs as cases surge

Paris - Vaccination against measles should be mandatory for children before they start school in order to prevent future outbreaks of the resurgent disease, according to new analysis released Friday.

Malawi rolls out ground-breaking malaria vaccine

Lilongwe - Malawi on Tuesday rolled out the world's first licensed malaria vaccine in a landmark campaign against a disease that each year kills hundreds of thousands of people, especially African children.

Mother detained after Chinese vaccine protest

Bejing - A Chinese health activist has been detained for more than a month, her husband said Wednesday, after she participated in a protest over faulty vaccines -- a re-occurring issue in China.

On the Sahara's edge, the fight to protect children against measles

Geneina - Dinar Tchere is fighting time and the sun, and he fears he may be losing.This morning, the health worker is expected in a remote village of eastern Chad, where he will administer the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to poor children.

Australia ramps up measles warnings as cases jump

Sydney - Australia on Monday launched a major education campaign to encourage its residents, particularly those travelling overseas, to get vaccinated against measles as a sudden spike in cases amid a global resurgence causes alarm.

Hundreds vaccinated after measles emergency in New York

New York - A New York county which declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak is on the "right path" after administering hundreds of vaccinations in two days, the chief of the US district said on Friday.

China disciplines 80 officials linked to major vaccine scandal

Bejing - China's corruption watchdog on Saturday said it had disciplined more than 80 officials linked to a vaccine scandal last year that inflamed public fears over the safety of domestically produced drugs.

Italy reinstates jabs law for pre-schoolers

Rome - Italy's populist government on Wednesday reinstated a law banning children from attending creches and nursery schools if they had not received a series of vaccinations.

China rejects 'irresponsible' Pentagon report on bombers

Bejing - China on Saturday rejected what it called an "irresponsible" Pentagon report claiming Beijing's bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific.

China launches nationwide vaccine sector inspection after scandal

Bejing - China's drug regulator said it has launched a nationwide inspection of vaccine production as authorities step up the response to a fraud case that has re-ignited public fears over the safety of the country's medicines.

Probe into Samoa infant deaths after vaccine jabs

Wellington - International health experts launched an investigation Thursday into why two Samoan infants died shortly after receiving childhood vaccination injections in a tragedy that has rocked the close-knit Pacific nation.

Ukraine parents overcome jab fears amid deadly measles outbreak

Kiev - Schools have shuttered and some clinics exhausted their vaccine stocks as a deadly measles outbreak hits Ukraine, where anti-vaccine sentiment and interrupted supplies have led to a resurgence of the virus.
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UK authorities have many programs to aid vaccination in Africa. If approved a vaccine for malaria co...
UK authorities have many programs to aid vaccination in Africa. If approved a vaccine for malaria could be the newest addition to their programs.
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The world waits to see if a vaccine againstthe Ebola virus will work.
The world waits to see if a vaccine againstthe Ebola virus will work.
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Smallpox was once a world-wracking disease that destroyed lives. Dengue Fever is one right now but c...
Smallpox was once a world-wracking disease that destroyed lives. Dengue Fever is one right now but could some go the same way as its cousin due to a new vaccine study.
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OUCH: A nurse vaccinates U.S. President Barack Obama against the H1N1 flu at the White House in 2009...
OUCH: A nurse vaccinates U.S. President Barack Obama against the H1N1 flu at the White House in 2009.
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People getting yellow fever vaccination in Angola.
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