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Sierra Leone health workers sue government in Ebola case

Dakar - Two Sierra Leonean health workers on Friday sued their government in a West African court, alleging its misuse of donor funds during the Ebola crisis had contributed to the deaths of thousands.

Diphtheria kills nine in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Dhaka - Bangladesh Tuesday launched a massive drive to vaccinate Rohingya children against diphtheria after a suspected outbreak killed nine refugees and infected more than 700.

Philippines plans to sue Sanofi over dengue vaccine: minister

Manila - The Philippines intends to sue Sanofi after authorities suspended the pharmaceutical giant's anti-dengue vaccine in response to the company warning the drug could lead to severe infections in some cases, the health secretary said Thursday.

Philippines halts sale of Sanofi's dengue vaccine

Manila - The Philippines has suspended the sale and distribution of Sanofi's dengue vaccine, authorities said Tuesday, after the French pharmaceutical giant last week warned it could worsen symptoms for people who had not previously been infected.

Philippines 'prepared for worst' in dengue vaccine concerns

Manila - The Philippines is prepared for a "worst-case scenario" following warnings that an anti-dengue vaccine administered to thousands of children may worsen the disease in some cases, a health official said Saturday.

California's deadly Hepatitis A outbreak reaches 600 cases

San Diego - Even while firefighters are battling wildfires across the state, California has another ongoing problem - One of the largest person-to-person hepatitis A outbreaks in the country since the development of a vaccine 20 years ago.

Mass cholera vaccinations begin in Rohingya camps

Chhota Angutia - The United Nations launched one of its biggest ever cholera vaccination drives in the vast refugee camps of southeast Bangladesh Tuesday amid fears of an outbreak among nearly a million Rohingya now living there.

Italy makes childhood vaccinations compulsory

Rome - Italy's government on Friday declared a new law making a series of childhood vaccinations a condition of school inscription in a move triggered by a spike in measles cases.

Measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children

Bucharest - A measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children and infected thousands more since September due to poverty and an anti-vaccination movement, local media reported Saturday.

Science community fights back over Trump gag orders

Scientists and citizens who believe in science all across the country are fighting back against the Trump administration's attempts to keep public-funded scientific research from the public, and they are using bold tools — running for office and marchin

Measles outbreak strikes LA's Orthodox Jewish community

Los Angeles - A measles outbreak has infected at least 18 people in the Los Angeles area, health officials said, noting that most of those affected could show no proof of vaccination.

$460 mn vaccine initiative to tackle viruses

Davos - As the world still reels from outbreaks of deadly Ebola and baby-deforming Zika, governments and charities on Thursday launched a $460-million initiative to "outsmart" infectious epidemics.

Op-Ed: Are Trump’s health plans dangerous for health protection?

Vaccination is, in some quarters, a controversial subject in the U.S. It need not be, with the safety and efficacy of vaccinations well-established. Some worrying comments from President-elect Donald Trump suggest vaccination goals could be unraveled.

Mexico joins Philippines, Brazil with dengue vaccine

Mexico - While the world awaits a Zika vaccine, the first ever injection against dengue fever is spreading, with Mexico becoming next week the latest country where people can get the shot.

UN handling of yellow fever outbreak in Africa another failure

The World Health Organization and its partners sent over six million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Angola in February, but one month later, over one million of those doses had disappeared.

Vaccines block Zika in mice, boosting hopes for human jab

Paris - New research in lab animals, including Zika vaccines successfully tested on mice, boosted hopes Tuesday for a jab to shield humans against the brain-damaging virus.

Global health emergency may be on the horizon over yellow fever

Two Georgetown University professors are calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) take emergency steps to prevent the current outbreak of yellow fever from becoming a global health crisis.

Private vaccines in China need more regulation: WHO

Bejing - The World Health Organization Tuesday urged tighter regulation of privately sold vaccines in China as a scandal involving out-of-date immunisation fuels public outrage in the country's latest safety scare.

Ebola vaccine could be a reality? Research moves a step forward

A new study shed some light on the Ebola virus infection mechanism. Thanks to this discovery, researchers can now engineer an Ebola vaccine in the near future.

Europe creates Zika drug 'task force'

Paris - Europe's medicines watchdog said Monday it had assembled an expert team to aid the development of drugs and vaccines against the Zika virus, feared to cause brain damage in unborn babies.

WHO expert panel urges pilot roll-out of first malaria vaccine

Ginebra - A World Health Organization expert panel on Friday recommended pilot roll-outs of the world's most advanced malaria vaccine to young children in several areas of sub-Saharan Africa, before considering wider use.

Autism groups slam GOP debate for claim vaccines cause autism

Simi Valley - After last night's Republican primary debate, autism advocates expressed outrage about candidate claims that vaccines cause autism and the dosing schedule should change.

Breakthrough in quest for Ebola vaccine

Paris - An Ebola test vaccine provided blanket protection in a field trial in Guinea, researchers said, possibly heralding "the beginning of the end" for the devastating West African outbreak that has killed thousands.

Malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod

London - The world's most advanced malaria vaccine got the nod Friday from European regulators, despite mixed trial results, for eventual use in children in African countries plagued by the killer disease.

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.

Malaria vaccine offers partial protection: Final results

Paris - The world's most advanced malaria candidate vaccine offers young children partial protection that wanes with time, but could shield millions against the deadly parasite, its developers said Friday.

CA bill banning child vaccine exemptions gets go-ahead

Sacramento - After the severest measles outbreak in decades occurred earlier this year, California lawmakers approved a bill this week that would prevent most parents from opting out of vaccinations for their children enrolled in school.

Parents are giving children anti-vax bleach enemas to cure autism

Little Rock - Some U.S. parents are reportedly trying to cure autism in their children by using a dangerous "cure-all" bleach solution called "Miracle Mineral Solution," being marketed as a way to "flush out" from their children's systems vaccines that cause autism.

Op-Ed: Viruses are adapting faster than the vaccines

If the next pandemic is inevitable, and if entire categories of cancer are known to originate from infections, should society not be investing more money more urgently into viral research - or are we comfortable relying on vaccinations?

Tens of thousands to test Ebola vaccines in affected countries: WHO

Geneva - Human tests of two possible Ebola vaccines have proven safe and now tests to measure their efficiency will begin within weeks in the three west African countries ravaged by the deadly virus, the World Health Organization said Friday.
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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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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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File photo: A man is getting a Hepatitis A vaccination.
File photo: A man is getting a Hepatitis A vaccination.
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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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Aedes aegypti mosquito, carrier of dengue fever
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People getting yellow fever vaccination in Angola.
People getting yellow fever vaccination in Angola.
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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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