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Immunization is a Right, says Mary Robinson

Mary RobinsonMary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, argues in the Bangkok Post that vaccination should be considered a human right.

Measles Vaccination Success

The results from a new study published in The Lancet today (free registration required) demonstrates that measles immunization campaigns and improvements in routine immunization services have reduced measles cases by 91% in 19 African nations from 2000-2003, preventing an estimated 90,000 child deaths in 2003 alone.

Pneumo Vaccine to be Available in India Soon

Global pharma major Wyeth is planning to make its vaccine for pneumococcal (bacterial) diseases available in India soon, promising protection to infants and children against a number of diseases.

"Wyeth in India is working on making its vaccine for pneumococcal diseases available here soon," the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Poverty and the Social Sectors: The World Bank in Pakistan 1990-2003

This report by Nancy Birdsall, Adeel Malik and Milan Vaishnav was prepared for the World Bank's Operations Evaluation Department. The report focuses on the role of the World Bank in support of poverty reduction during the period beginning in 1990 and concluding in 2003. It reviews and discusses the Bank's analytic work and its efforts to bring change through policy dialogue and lending programs.

Merck Struggles After Vioxx Verdict

According to this piece from Reuters:

Merck & Co., already strapped with declining earnings and a weak roster of future drugs, could fall further behind in its quest for new medicines...

Merck's hopes to fill the void by launching three promising vaccines in the coming year, including ones against viruses that cause cervical cancer and shingles. Another vaccine targets the diarrhea-causing rotavirus which kills hundreds of thousands of children in developing countries each year.

HPV Vaccines: PAHO Strategy and Study of Prevalence

PAHO logoThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has launched a process to respond to the introduction – sometime in mid-2006 – of a vaccine to immunize against a virus associated with cervical cancer. The virus is the human papilloma virus, or HPV. An HPV vaccine is now under development and according to Dr.

Promising Results From Enhanced BCG Vaccine

According to an article in New Scientist, the Max Planck Institute has developed a new vaccine for TB which is ten times more effective than conventional BCG:

The BCG - or Bacillus Calmette-Guérin - vaccine has given reasonable protection against TB since it was created in the 1920s. The vaccine consists of live, weakened Mycobacterium bovis microbes and invokes an immune response without causing illness when given to newborn babies and young children.

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