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A Broader View of Aid

Washington PostToday's Washington Post has an editorial calling for a broader view of aid, in which they argue that increased aid can be used in ways which do not face the risk of low absorption by developing countries, including financing research.

WHO Calls For Greater Vaccination

Africa needs more investment in research and manpower to boost vaccination rates that are less than half the global average, the director-general of the World Health Organization, Jong-Wook Lee, said on Wednesday.

He said:

Africa's vaccination coverage stood at around 30 percent, compared with a world coverage of more than 70 percent. The vaccines being used are also old. New investment is needed in research and development, but this is not really being done to a significant extent.

G8 Timetable

G8Here is the timetable, as far as we know it, for the G8 Summit in Gleneagles.

July 6-8, 2005
Gleaneagles Summit

June 10-11, 2005
G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, London

April 15
G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governorns Meeting, Washington

March 7-8
Africa Partners Forum, Abuja, Nigeria

Making Markets for Vaccines - Online Resources

  • Full text of Making Markets for Vaccines report
  • Four page brief Making Markets for Vaccines
  • FAQ on Making Markets for Vaccines
  • Full transcript of launch of Making Markets for Vaccines
  • Making Markets for Vaccines web page
  • Making Markets for Vaccines Press Release

Merck Files for FDA Approval for Rotavirus Vaccine

Merck has filed for approval for Rotateq, its vaccine to protect against rotavirus gastroenteritis. Merck also announced that it has plans to file for licensure of Rotateq in Australia, Canada, the EU and Mexico, as well as countries in Asia and Latin America in 2005.

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Maurice Hilleman 1919-2005

Maurice HillemanMaurice Hilleman died yesterday. Dr Hilleman was a researcher at Merck & Co until 1984, played a key role in the development of many vaccines, including mumps, measles, chickenpox, pneumonia, meningitis and other diseases, saving tens of millions of lives.

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