Fewer Children Died in 2020, Despite the Pandemic. Experts Are Trying to Figure Out Why
Since the global pandemic began, one of the grimmer features of daily life has been watching the coronavirus death count tick up and up as the months have gone by. With so much unnecessary death in 2020, it’s surprising that in many countries, at least according to preliminary numbers, there was one significant group that actually saw its death rates fall: children. Data from the Human Mortality Database, a research project run by a global team of demographers, suggest that COVID-19 did not reverse years-long declines in child mortality, despite a mortality surge in the general population. Demographers, pediatricians...
Source: TIME: Health - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Barone Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

TNCs Reviving TPP Frankenstein
By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 12 2021 (IPS) The incoming Biden administration is under tremendous pressure to demonstrate better US economic management. Trade negotiations normally take years to conclude, if at all. Unsurprisingly, lobbyists are already urging the next US administration to quickly embrace and deliver a new version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Jomo Kwame Sundaram Trump legacy Repackaging and reselling a TPP avatar will not be easy. Well before Trump’s election, even the official mid-2016 International Trade Commission’s assessment doubted Peterson Institute of Int...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Global Globalisation Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

mRNA Technology Gave Us the First COVID-19 Vaccines. It Could Also Upend the Drug Industry
“No!” The doctor snapped. “Look at me!” I had been staring her in the eyes, as she had ordered, but when a doctor on my other side began jabbing me with a needle, I started to turn my head. “Don’t look at it,” the first doctor said. I obeyed. This was in early August in New Orleans, where I had signed up to be a participant in the clinical trial for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It was a blind study, which meant I was not supposed to know whether I had gotten the placebo or the real vaccine. I asked the doctor if I would really been able to tell by looking at the syringe. &...
Source: TIME: Health - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Walter Isaacson Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

mRNA Technology Gave Us the First COVID-19 Vaccines. It Could Also Upend the Drug Industry
“No!” The doctor snapped. “Look at me!” I had been staring her in the eyes, as she had ordered, but when a doctor on my other side began jabbing me with a needle, I started to turn my head. “Don’t look at it,” the first doctor said. I obeyed. This was in early August in New Orleans, where I had signed up to be a participant in the clinical trial for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It was a blind study, which meant I was not supposed to know whether I had gotten the placebo or the real vaccine. I asked the doctor if I would really been able to tell by looking at the syringe. &...
Source: TIME: Science - January 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Walter Isaacson Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

An Appreciation for Vaccines, and How Far They Have Come
The DTP vaccine teaches us about how brilliant vaccine technology can be, but also how it can be studied and improved over time. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perri Klass, M.D. Tags: Whooping Cough Vaccination and Immunization Tetanus Smallpox Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Children and Childhood Diphtheria Poliomyelitis Source Type: news

Ensure oral polio vaccine for children on January 17, says Harsh Vardhan
"Today, in spite of the fact that virtually all the countries in the world have eradicated polio, two of our neighbouring countries still have cases of the poliomyelitis, the P1 strain and the number is significant," he told. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Covid-19 Vaccine Launch Evokes Memories of Polio Era
Many older Americans, shut in during this year ’s pandemic, share haunting recollections from the polio era of their childhood. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emma Goldberg Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Salk, Jonas E Poliomyelitis Quarantine (Life and Culture) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Children and Childhood your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Reflecting Back and Imagining Forward
By Anis ChowdhurySYDNEY, Dec 24 2020 (IPS) What a challenging year 2020 has been! A year of living dangerously – “Tahun vivere pericoloso”- perhaps these words of late President Soekarno of Indonesia are the best description. Fortunately, I managed to remain sane, reading and writing op-eds (mostly about the pandemic, here, here). Anis ChowdhuryI began the year 2020 with an interview with New Age (Dhaka, 12 Feb.), headlined, “We need to Democratise Politics” where I highlighted the perils of growing inequality and how it could be a greater threat than the evolving pandemic for the human race...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury Tags: Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Logistics company Mudita signs MoU with SpiceJet for COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Amit Gulati, Director, Mudita Express Cargo, said, "We have been at the forefront of distributing the pulse polio vaccine on behalf of the Govt. of India for the last 20 years, and possess deep domain knowledge of the (minus) -20 Degrees temperature control required for such movements." (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - December 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Ethiopia Conducts Polio Vaccination Campaigns to Ensure the Country Remains Polio Free
[WHO] In November 2020, Ethiopia conducted an oral polio vaccination campaign targeting 7.1 million under-5 children in four regions and two city administrations despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign was conducted in Harari, Oromia, SNNP and Somali regions, and Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa cities. This campaign, which attained 103% of the targeted coverage, was the second-round of a polio vaccination campaign that was conducted in October 2020 also targeting 7.1 million children under- (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Here ’s What’s Behind Americans’ Uneasy Relationship With Vaccines
Time was, nobody quarreled with the idea of a new vaccine. In 1955, church bells rang and headlines blared when Jonas Salk announced that his new vaccine against polio was safe, effective and powerful. Similar, if more subdued, enthusiasm greeted the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1963 and the global eradication of smallpox in 1980. But we live in a more suspicious and cynical time. Even as the world has desperately awaited the development of the recently introduced COVID-19 vaccines, only 70% of Americans say they will take them, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Fewer than half of Americans rec...
Source: TIME: Health - December 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Vice President Pence, Wife Karen, Surgeon General get COVID-19 Vaccines
By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the vaccine is safe. In remarks after his shot, Pence called the speed with which the vaccine was developed “a medical miracle.” “The American people can be confident: we have one and perhaps within hours two” safe vaccines,” Pence said, referring to expected FDA approval for Moderna’s vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine was the first to be approved. “Building confidence in the ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 18, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

Vice President Pence, Wife Karen, Surgeon General get COVID-19 Vaccines
By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the vaccine is safe. In remarks after his shot, Pence called the speed with which the vaccine was developed “a medical miracle.” “The American people can be confident: we have one and perhaps within hours two” safe vaccines,” Pence said, referring to expected FDA approval for Moderna’s vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine was the first to be approved. “Building confidence in the ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 18, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

Vice President Pence, Wife Karen, Surgeon General get COVID-19 Vaccines
By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the vaccine is safe. In remarks after his shot, Pence called the speed with which the vaccine was developed “a medical miracle.” “The American people can be confident: we have one and perhaps within hours two” safe vaccines,” Pence said, referring to expected FDA approval for Moderna’s vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine was the first to be approved. “Building confidence in the ...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 18, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

Vice President Pence, Wife Karen, Surgeon General get COVID-19 Vaccines
By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the vaccine is safe. In remarks after his shot, Pence called the speed with which the vaccine was developed “a medical miracle.” “The American people can be confident: we have one and perhaps within hours two” safe vaccines,” Pence said, referring to expected FDA approval for Moderna’s vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine was the first to be approved. “Building confidence in the ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 18, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

Vice President Pence, Wife Karen, Surgeon General get COVID-19 Vaccines
By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the vaccine is safe. In remarks after his shot, Pence called the speed with which the vaccine was developed “a medical miracle.” “The American people can be confident: we have one and perhaps within hours two” safe vaccines,” Pence said, referring to expected FDA approval for Moderna’s vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine was the first to be approved. “Building confidence in the ...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 18, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

Vice President Pence, Wife Karen, Surgeon General get COVID-19 Vaccines
By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the vaccine is safe. In remarks after his shot, Pence called the speed with which the vaccine was developed “a medical miracle.” “The American people can be confident: we have one and perhaps within hours two” safe vaccines,” Pence said, referring to expected FDA approval for Moderna’s vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine was the first to be approved. “Building confidence in the ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 18, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

Top Global Health Moments of 2020
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International Community Health Nurse Olivia Yeboah thoroughly washes her hands at the Akropong Clinic in Ghana. Photo by Emmanuel Attramah, PMI Impact Malaria/US President's Malaria Initiative.December 17, 2020If we wanted to, we could list a COVID-19 moment for every month of 2020.  We all know that the onset of the coronavirus pandemic—first in China and then worldwide—overwhelmed news coverage this year. And with good reason. It’s the first large-scale global pandemic in 100 years. At the time this article was publ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Nutrition Policy Advocacy Health Workforce Systems Nursing Midwifery 2020 Health Workers Source Type: news

The Ambulance Science Podcast: Make Up Your Own Mind About the Vaccine
Get every episode of The Ambulance Science Podcast by subscribing to Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts. Where I’m coming from (compared to most of my colleagues): Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy from Yale Medical School.FT Faculty at GWU School of Medicine & Southern Connecticut State University MPH Program, and long-time adjunct faculty at NYMC MPH program in Health Policy.Assistant Commissioner of Health at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene during the first SARS outbreak.Served as State EMS Director, Consultant to Public Health ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 14, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Podcasts Ambulance Science Source Type: news

The long and short of how coronavirus vaccine might reach you
India has an effective polio vaccine delivery network but no experience with mass adult immunisation. Other major challenges include storing and transporting the doses in optimum temperatures and making sure they are administered properly even in remote areas (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - December 12, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

South Sudan: How Local Communities Made Polio Vaccination Possible Despite the Fear of Covid-19
[WHO] Arok Juong Lueth, a 32-year-old mother of three, a resident of Malueth in Rumbek Centre, Lakes State at the crack of dawn woke up filled with a renewed sense of hope, quickly left her children and house unattended to join a group of women who had offered to help carry Polio vaccines on their heads over a distance of about 30 kilometers to their village to ensure that their children receive polio vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 11, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Lancet: New polio vaccine against strain that threatens eradication is safe and generates immune response in adults, young children, and infants
(The Lancet) Scientists have developed the first poliovirus vaccine against a mutated form of the disease that is causing disease outbreaks across Africa and Asia. Designed to be more genetically stable than the licensed Sabin oral vaccine [1], the new vaccine appears to be as safe and provides similar immune responses when tested in healthy adults, children, and infants, according to new research published in two papers in The Lancet. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Biden's team following Elvis Presley's footsteps on vaccine
Before his performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," viewers watched Elvis Presley get his polio vaccine on television. It made headlines... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Misinformation on Social Media Fuels Vaccine Hesitancy: a Global Study Shows the Link
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post Misinformation on Social Media Fuels Vaccine Hesitancy: a Global Study Shows the Link appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Yemen Pushes Polio Immunization in Bid to Stem Outbreak Yemen Pushes Polio Immunization in Bid to Stem Outbreak
Yemeni health worker Fairouz Sanad lugs a coolbox of polio vaccines from house to house, dripping the liquid into children's mouths hoping to stop an outbreak of the paralysing virus largely eradicated globally.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Sudan: Polio Vaccine Campaign Launches in Sudan
[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -- This morning, the first round of a national polio vaccination campaign was launched by the Sudanese Ministry of Health in Khartoum. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ad Council ’s Challenge: Persuade Skeptics to Believe in Covid Vaccines
The nonprofit marketing group led a polio vaccine campaign in the 1950s. Now it is working on a $50 million ad blitz to counter concerns about coming treatments. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tiffany Hsu Tags: Black People Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Polls and Public Opinion Advertising and Marketing Rumors and Misinformation Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Advertising Council Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

The Covid-19 Vaccines That Genomics Built
The new genetic vaccines to prevent Covid-19 infections use mRNA technology, instead of the approach used in traditional vaccines, like those for measles and polio. These new genetic vaccines appear to be safe and effective, as well as faster and cheaper to produce. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ellen Matloff, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma & Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio - Jigawa LG Immunises 46,634 Children
[Premium Times] Mr Doro said that the council received 49,260 doses of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs), which enhanced the smooth conduct of the exercise. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication - Pakistan, January 2019 −September 2020
This report describes progress towards poliomyelitis eradication in Pakistan. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 19, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Polio (poliomyelitis) Polio Vaccination Source Type: news

Children in U.S. May Miss 9 Million Vaccine Doses in 2020, Report Warns
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said vaccinations for measles, polio and other highly contagious diseases had fallen by as much as 26 percent during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Neil Vigdor Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Disease Rates Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Children and Childhood Measles Vaccination and Immunization Whooping Cough Poliomyelitis Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assn Source Type: news

How the polio vaccine virus occasionally becomes dangerous
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) The polio vaccines, developed by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin in the mid-1950s, heralded the elimination of polio from the U.S., saving countless children from sudden paralysis and death. In the developing world, however, outbreaks of poliovirus still occur sporadically, an ironic consequence of the polio vaccine itself. A new genetic study of the vaccine poliovirus reveals how this happens in real time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

South Sudan: 'No Child Anywhere Should Suffer From Polio' - UN Health Agency
[UN News] Although South Sudan had recently been declared free from the wild poliovirus, the UN health agency said on Friday that 15 children under the age of five are reported to have been infected by a vaccine-derived form of polio, which has left them with irreversible paralysis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Sudan: ‘No child anywhere should suffer from polio’ – UN health agency
Although South Sudan had recently been declared free from the wild poliovirus, the UN health agency said on Friday that 15 children under the age of five are reported to have been infected by a vaccine-derived form of polio, which has left them with irreversible paralysis.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New polio vaccine could boost faltering eradication drive
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - November 12, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Roberts, L. Tags: Epidemiology, Medicine, Diseases In Depth Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio Certification-Sustaining Victory With Increased Vaccination and Surveillance in Security Compromised Areas
[WHO] Maiduguri, 2 November, 2020 - Despite Nigeria having achieved the wild polio-free certification, the Federal Government with the collaboration of other partners is leaving no stones unturned in making sure that all forms of poliovirus are no longer circulating in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 3, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kids Are Participating in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials. Here ’s What Their Parents Think
Katelyn Evans, 16, has never met Randy Kerr—and there’s no reason she should have. It was 66 years ago that Kerr, then 6, became briefly famous, receiving the first injection of Jonas Salk’s experimental polio vaccine during the massive field trial of hundreds of thousands of children in the spring of 1954. History notes that the vaccine worked, and the children who stepped forward to receive either the actual shot or a placebo were heroically dubbed the Polio Pioneers. Evans is a pioneer of the modern age, one of an eventual group of 600 children in the 16-to-17 year-old age group (along with 2,000 more ...
Source: TIME: Health - November 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

COVID-19: A Global Survey Shows Worrying Signs of Vaccine Hesitancy
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post COVID-19: A Global Survey Shows Worrying Signs of Vaccine Hesitancy appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health COVID-19 Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Urges Government to Ensure That Stopping Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (CVDPV) Remains an Urgent Priority for the National Polio Programme
[WHO] The World Polio Day was commemorated in Zambia on 23 October 2020 under the theme "Stories of progress past and present". Following the Certification of the WHO African Region as free of wild poliovirus on 25 August, the occasion served as an opportunity to celebrate this historical and monumental milestone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Health Experts Warn of Renewed Risk of Polio Outbreak Over Covid-19 Pandemic
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- As Kenya joins the rest of the world in marking World Polio Day today, health experts have raised the alarm that the country is facing a renewed risk of an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2), especially in Northern Kenya, Nairobi, and Mombasa following ongoing outbreak among some of our neighbouring countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 26, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Fauci: Masks, Social Distancing Likely Until 2022 Fauci: Masks, Social Distancing Likely Until 2022
"It's not going to be the way it was with polio and measles, where you get a vaccine, case closed, it's done," Fauci said."It's going to be public health measures that linger for months and months."WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - October 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Warning for COVID Long Haulers From Polio Survivors Warning for COVID Long Haulers From Polio Survivors
After a vaccine for polio was developed, outbreaks were controlled. But there are still up to a million survivors in the United States, and many say they still experience pain and disability years later.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Ghana: GHS Affirms Harmlessness of Polio Vaccine
[Ghanaian Times] The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says multiple doses of the oral polio vaccine (OPV) administered against the polio virus type 2 does not pose any harm to children. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sudan: 10 Million Doses of Polio Vaccine Arrive in Khartoum
[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -- Almost 10 million doses of polio vaccine arrived in Khartoum last week. The vaccines will be used to immunize 8.6 million children under the age of five during the National Polio Campaign planned for October. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: The Fight Against Polio Vaccines Misconceptions
[WHO] Abuja -- Today Nigeria is polio-free but the country's battle with wild polio virus has been long and complex. There have been numerous setbacks along the way to achieving wild poliovirus free status and extraordinary efforts and investments have been made to reach this goal. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 5, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: As Nigeria Becomes Wild Polio Virus Free
[Leadership] No doubt the world has Dr Jonas Salk to thank for Nigeria becoming Wild Polio Virus free. History has put him down as the man who successfully tested a vaccine against the dreaded polio disease. Nigeria being the last African country to become Wild Polio Virus free is a feat worth celebrating, leaving behind Pakistan and Afghanistan which are officially the two countries in the world struggling with the crippling virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cameroon: Polio Vaccination - Explaining Recurrent Low Risk Perception, Parental Refusal
[Cameroon Tribune] Surprisingly, the toughest resistance to the vaccination of children against the debilitating disease is from residents of Bafoussam, Douala and Yaounde. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Injectable hydrogel could someday lead to more effective vaccines
(American Chemical Society) Vaccines have curtailed the spread of several infectious diseases, such as smallpox, polio and measles. However, vaccines against some diseases, including HIV-1, influenza and malaria, don't work very well, and one reason could be the timing of antigen and adjuvant presentation to the immune system. Now, researchers reporting inACS Central Science developed an injectable hydrogel that allows sustained release of vaccine components, increasing the potency, quality and duration of immune responses in mice. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ghana: Health Expert Rubbishes Reports of Polio Vaccine Harming Children
[Ghanaian Times] Ho -- Recent social media reports alleging that the polio vaccine rather leaves children vulnerable to the virus are totally false, absolutely baseless and wholly-ridiculous, according to Dr Kwesi Djokoto, Deputy Director of Health (DDH) in charge of public health in the Volta Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 15, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Seychelles: Polio-Free for 55 Years, Seychellois Authorities Urge Public to Continue Taking the Vaccine
[Seychelles News Agency] Public health authorities in Seychelles are urging residents to continue to take the vaccine against polio, which hasn't been seen in Seychelles since 1966. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news