Global initiatives

Global initiatives

All topics related to global immunization initiatives, including advocacy and communications, awareness-raising, and global strategies.

06/10/2017 - 06:00

Health officials from around the world are meeting in France to commit to preventing 90% of cholera deaths by 2030. The disease, which is spread through contaminated water, kills about 100,000 people every year. It is the first time governments, the World Health Organization, aid agencies and donors have made…

05/10/2017 - 06:27

Anti-vaccine sentiment is alive and thriving on Twitter and other social media websites, according to a study which shows that regions with large number of new mothers are most likely to be hotbeds of tweets opposing vaccines. In the five-year study, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania showed the…

02/10/2017 - 03:17

The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision will release 900,000 doses of the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) from the global stockpile to prevent the spread of cholera among recently arrived vulnerable populations and host communities in areas around Cox’s Bazar. The Government of Bangladesh made the request to the…

05/09/2017 - 12:23

Vaccine giant Sanofi Pasteur has quietly pulled the plug on its Zika vaccine project, a move that underscores how difficult it may be at this stage to develop a vaccine against the virus. The company announced the move in a statement posted on its website at 3 p.m. Friday, pointing…

04/08/2017 - 07:45

According to Oxfam/BBC the current cholera outbreak in Yemen has caused more cases and deaths (in a very short time) than any other cholera outbreak on record. The International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN have pointed to the Saudi-led naval and aerial blockade and bombing campaign as…

20/07/2017 - 07:50

At the very top of a tall glass building, in a room overlooking Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, a group of entrepreneurs are working on new ways to get vaccines to the people who need them most. They’ve come here from all over the world, and they’ve all launched pilot…

18/07/2017 - 06:46

Verily, the life sciences arm of Google umbrella company Alphabet, is bugging out. To the tune of 20 million machine-reared, bacteria-infected mosquitoes that it's about to release into Fresno. But there's no need to bust out the mad science conspiracy theories quite yet. This initiative, dubbed the "Debug Project," is…

30/06/2017 - 06:56

The World Bank has launched a "pandemic bond" to support an emergency financing facility intended to release money quickly to fight a major health crisis like the 2014 Ebola outbreak. The catastrophe bond, which will pay out depending on the size of the outbreak, its growth rate and the number…
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