Improving Livestock Health Is a Net Positive Move Towards Net Zero
Reducing global livestock disease levels by just 10% through vaccination and other preventative health measures would bring down greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 800 million tonnes. Credit: Guilhem Alandry/HealthforAnimalsBy Carel du Marchie SarvaasBRUSSELS, Belgium, Nov 21 2023 (IPS) The recent downturn in sales of alternative meat products is only the latest evidence that the world is unlikely to give up animal protein completely in the long run. In fact, all forecasts suggest global consumption of meat, milk, fish and eggs will continue to rise, with some parts of the world relying on animal agriculture to make...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 21, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Carel du Marchie Sarvaas Tags: Climate Action Climate Change Environment Food and Agriculture Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

White House seeks input on tightening rules for risky pathogen research
A panel’s recommendations earlier this year to tighten U.S. rules for funding research on dangerous pathogens sparked concerns that some of the changes would hamper routine studies important to public health. Now, the White House is looking at ways to narrow the swath of federally funded research that would undergo the heightened reviews proposed in a final report released in March by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB). A notice posted today in the Federal Register by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) seeks comments by 16 October on a...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 1, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

British scientists are primed to create the next pandemic vaccine in 100 days as super-lab Porton Down develops prototypes to tackle 'Disease X' - with bird flu, tuberculosis and monkeypox on the radar
Experts are working on a high-security project at Porton Down, the top-secret government laboratory, to develop prototype vaccines to tackle 'Disease X' when it hits. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 7, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Efforts To Protect Condors From Avian Influenza Move A Step Closer
Vaccine to protect California condors against highly pathogenic avian influenza appears to be safe. More birds now will be vaccinated and antibody levels monitored. (Source: Healthcare News)
Source: Healthcare News - July 24, 2023 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dave Wessner, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation standard Source Type: news

The U.S. Scientist At the Heart of COVID-19 Lab Leak Conspiracies Is Still Trying to Save the World From the Next Pandemic
Ralph Baric stepped onto the auditorium stage at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and looked out at the sparse audience that had come to hear him speak. On the large projector screen hanging behind him, the following words appeared: How Bad the Next Pandemic Could Be, What Might It Look Like, and Will We be Ready. The date was May 29, 2018. “Well, I have to admit I’m a little worried about giving this talk,” Baric said. “The reason is being labelled a harbinger of doom.” The screen shifted, and images of the four horsemen of the apocalypse—Death, Famine, War, and Plague&mda...
Source: TIME: Health - July 11, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Werb Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature freelance Source Type: news

As Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Viruses Threaten California Condors, A Vaccine May Be The Answer
Endangered California condors are threatened by highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses. An ongoing study explores the efficacy of vaccines. (Source: Healthcare News)
Source: Healthcare News - July 10, 2023 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dave Wessner, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Science /science standard Source Type: news

Could chatbots help devise the next pandemic virus?
Tech experts have been sounding the alarm that artificial intelligence (AI) could turn against humanity by taking over everything from business to warfare. Now, Kevin Esvelt is adding another worry: AI could help somebody with no science background and evil intentions design and order a virus capable of unleashing a pandemic. Esvelt, a biosecurity expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recently asked students to create a dangerous virus with the help of ChatGPT or other so-called large language models, systems that can generate humanlike responses to broad questions based on vast training sets of intern...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 14, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

If bird flu starts to spread among people, existing vaccines may be inadequate, experts say
Wild birds and poultry flocks alike continue to drop dead from the highly pathogenic bird flu that began spreading globally in 2020. Almost 59 million commercial birds have already been culled in the United States. It’s the broadest outbreak of this type of avian flu, known as H5N1, since it was…#avian #vaccines #colorado #unitedkingdom #chile #ecuador #scotthensley #gregorypoland #sureshmittal #purdueuniversity (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 21, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Animal health body urges bird flu vaccination to avoid pandemic
Governments should consider vaccinating birds against bird flu to avoid the virus - which has already killed hundreds of millions of birds and infected mammals worldwide - turning into a new pandemic, the head of the World Animal Health Organisation (WOAH) said. The severity of the current…#avianinfluenza #moniqueeloit #hpai #agricultureusda #usda (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 21, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bird Flu Vaccine Authorized for Emergency Use in California Condors
More than 20 of the birds, which are critically endangered, have died in recent months. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 16, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Anthes Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Avian Influenza Wildlife Die-Offs Endangered and Extinct Species Condors Birds Viruses Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service California your-feed-science your-feed-health your-feed-animals Source Type: news

US government is testing avian flu vaccines for birds, but ending the historic outbreak isn't that simple
The United States is facing what some experts are calling "a new era for bird flu." (Source: - Health)
Source: - Health - May 5, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Amid Severe Economic Impact On Poultry, Govt Sticks to No-Vaccination Policy Against Bird Flu
[This Day] Abuja -- The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, has declared that the federal government's policy on 'No Vaccination' for control of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) otherwise known as 'Bird Flu' in the country has not changed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 3, 2023 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The ‘invented persona’ behind a key pandemic database
When Jeremy Kamil started to sequence samples of the rapidly spreading pandemic coronavirus in the spring of 2020, it was clear where he should deposit the genetic data: in GISAID , a long-running database for influenza genomes that had established itself as the go-to repository for SARS-CoV-2 as well. Kamil, a virologist at Louisiana State University’s (LSU’s) Health Sciences Center Shreveport, says he quickly struck up a friendly relationship with a Steven Meyers, who used a email address. The two often exchanged emails and talked on the phone, sometimes for hours, about the pandemic and da...
Source: ScienceNOW - April 19, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Bird-Flu Vaccines Are in Development
The current bird-flu outbreak has felled 58 million farmed birds in the U.S. To stop the devastating global bird-flu outbreak that has killed over 100 million poultry, the U.S. and Europe are embracing a tactic many countries have long resisted: vaccines. The U.S. and parts of Europe don’t… (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 14, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sask. scientists developing vaccines to protect birds and humans from avian flu
Over the last year, the H5N1 strain of avian influenza has killed millions of birds across the country. It’s also recently been detected in some mammals, including a pet dog. That’s why scientists in Saskatchewan are trying to get ahead of the virus. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 10, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news