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Herd immunity from pneumococcal vaccines

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Scientists have found a surprising new way to protect older people from pneumonia: Give their grandchildren a vaccine. New research shows that serious pneumonia infections have dropped sharply among people 50 and older ever since a children's pneumococcal vaccine became available five years ago.

Why there is only one drug to fight avian flu

According to the Wall Street Journal:

The larger point is that if politicians want private industry to develop new cures and vaccines, they can't steal their patents or confiscate their hope of making money. Private companies developed the AIDS drugs that have extended millions of lives, but countries like Brazil want to force those companies to give the drugs away at cost.

Ted Turner on Global Health

Ted Turner on Global Health

Polio is 95 percent eradicated. We were successful in eradicating smallpox years ago. So if you can do it with two, you can do it with others. Measles and malaria pose different problems. They're a little more daunting as far as vaccines are concerned, but there are other ways of tackling those problems that can mitigate the pain that they cause to humanity. AIDS kills a lot of children, too.:

Pushing or Pulling Education and Health Reforms

Thanks to Gene Sperling who, in his Bloomberg column today, argues for greater support for of the MCC and the war on global poverty. Sperling proposes a second tier of funding for MCC countries dedicated to health and education reform. Clearly, these two sectors are critical to poverty reduction and it would be nice to see the MCC more open to investment in these sectors.

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