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Vaccines_The Week in Review_26 Sep 2011

Vaccines_The Week in Review_26 Sep 2011

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Vaccines: The Week in Review is a digest of global events, announcements and publications focused on vaccines and immunization.
Vaccines: The Week in Review is a digest of global events, announcements and publications focused on vaccines and immunization.

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Vaccines: The Week in Review26 September 2011Center for Vaccine Ethics & Policy (CVEP)
 http://centerforvaccineethicsandpolicy.wordpress.com/A program of - Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvaniahttp://www.bioethics.upenn.edu/- The Wistar Institute Vaccine Centerhttp://www.wistar.org/vaccinecenter/default.html- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Vaccine Education Center http://www.chop.edu/consumer/jsp/microsite/microsite.jsp
This weekly summary targets news and events in global vaccines ethicsand policy gathered from key governmental, NGO and industry sources, key  journals and other sources. This summary supports ongoing initiatives of theCenter for Vaccine Ethics & Policy, and is not intended to be exhaustive in itscoverage. Vaccines: The Week in Review is now also posted in pdf form and as a set of blog posts at http://centerforvaccineethicsandpolicy.wordpress.com/ . This blog allows full-texting searching of some 2,000 content items.Comments and suggestions should be directed toDavid R. Curry, MSEditor and Executive Director Center for Vaccine Ethics & Policy 
WHO confirmed that wild poliovirus type 1
(WPV1), geneticallylinked to virus currently circulating in Pakistan, has been isolated inChina.
WHO noted that Pakistan is affected by nationwide transmission of WPV1, and is the location of the only wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) case inAsia in 2011 (a strain on the verge of elimination on the continent). As at 13September 2011, Pakistan had reported 84 cases, compared to 48 cases forthe same period in 2010. WHO said that in 2011, supplementaryimmunization activities (SIAs) in Pakistan have been inadequate in quality inkey high-risk areas. In security-compromised parts of the FederallyAdministered Tribal Areas (FATA), and in particular in Khyber agency,upwards of 200,000 children have been regularly missed during SIAsconducted during the last two years. To urgently address the widespreadtransmission of wild poliovirus affecting the country, the Government of Pakistan has launched a National Polio Emergency Action Plan, withstaggered subnational immunization days “followed by further activities inhigh-risk union councils in 54 districts of the country.”http://www.who.int/csr/don/2011_09_20/en/index.html
WHO announced the donation by Sanofi Pasteur to WHO of avaccine seed-strain used for the production of oral polio vaccine(OPV).
The type 3 polio seed-strain is an original viral seed used to producelarge quantities of OPV against type 3 poliovirus. With this donation, WHOsaid it now "owns" all three seed-strain viruses (types 1, 2 and 3) needed forthe production of polio vaccines, noting that while Sanofi Pasteur had in thepast made available its type 3 seed-strain, in collaboration with WHO, toother manufacturers to help secure a global supply of polio vaccines, thisgenerous donation will further simplify this process. The donation also meansthat production capacity — including in the developing country setting — canbe further scaled-up to help meet the needs of the Global Polio EradicationInitiative (GPEI), and further strengthen public health systems.http://www.who.int/immunization/newsroom/newsstory_donation_vaccine_strain/en/index.html 
The United Nations Foundation launched its newShot@Life campaign
, which was featured at the second-annual Social Good Summitfocused on “how social media can be used to build and activate a grassrootsmovement.”Shot@Life“will educate, connect, and empower Americans tochampion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries.” Peg Willingham, Executive Director, said,“Shot@Lifeprovides easy access for you to learn more and becomechampions of global vaccines. By joining our online community and signingtheShot@Lifepledge online, advocates can voice their support to prevent 1.7million children from dying of vaccine-preventable diseases.”Website:http://shotatlife.orgBlog:http://shotatlife.org/blog/ 
The Wistar Institute broke ground on a US$100 million expansionthat “will ensure its future at the forefront of cancer research andvaccine development,”
and announced a companion five-year, US$35million capital campaign:
Building Wistar, Changing the World 
. WistarPresident and CEO Russel E. Kaufman, M.D. commented, “At a time whenbiomedical research is advancing at a lightning pace, The Wistar Institutefinds itself constrained by aging facilities designed for 19th and 20th centuryscience. We designed our new building specifically to foster interactionsbetween researchers in the kinds of multidisciplinary collaborations thatspark innovation and drive results.”http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110923005054/en/Wistar-Institute-Breaks-Ground-100-Million-Expansion 
WHO announced that World Rabies Day will be observed on 28September 2011
to “highlight the impact of human and animal rabies andpromotes how to prevent and stop the disease by combating it in animals.”
 The Alliance for Rabies Control and the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention report that 55,00 people die every year from rabies, an average of one death every 10 minutes. WHO noted that there are safe and effectivevaccines available for people who have been bitten by an animal that mighthave the disease, but usage in developing countries is low due to the highcost.Related linkshttp://www.worldrabiesday.org/  The
MMWR Weekly for September 23, 2011
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) for 23 September 2011
,vol. 86, 39 includes: Health conditions for travellers to Saudi Arabia for thepilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj); Mass gatherings: implications and opportunitiesfor global health securityhttp://www.who.int/entity/wer/2011/wer8639.pdf 
Twitter Watch
A selection of items of interest from a variety of twitter feeds associated withimmunization, vaccines and global public health. This capture is highlyselective and by no means intended to be exhaustive.IhealthprogressIndia Health Progressby GlobalHealthPanel recommends universal health system for India#IndiaHealth thehindu.com/news/national/…GAVIAllianceGAVI Alliance.@GAVIAlliancerecognised as a “game changer” in internationaldevelopment aid-http://ht.ly/6Dbt9pahowhoPAHO/WHOMinisters of Health Meet to Discuss#HealthPolicies for#Americas  #PAHOWHO #cd51 @opsoms26-30 Sept#WDCwww.paho.org pic.twitter.com/3W7Xd3JIPATHtweetsPATH

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