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WHO backs Sanofi's vaccine in areas with high dengue rates

The World Health Organization's expert group on immunisation said it recommended that countries consider introducing Sanofi's dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in areas where prevalence of the virus was 50 per cent or higher.  

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US reports first case of Zika virus transmission

The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the US was reported in the state of Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization d

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Race for Zika vaccine picks up steam as virus spreads

Companies and scientists are racing to create a Zika vaccine as concern grows over the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects and is spreading quickly through the Americas. Zika is now present in 23 coun

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Zika vaccine ‘may be ready for emergency use this year’

A vaccine for the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of infants, could be ready for emergency use before year-end, one of its lead developers said on Thursday, a timetable well ahead of estimates by US offic

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Zika virus set to spread across Americas

The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

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Database to help create vaccines tailored to Bahrain

Vaccines tailored to treat illnesses prevalent in Bahrain could soon be on the way as a database of genetic samples from the kingdom is poised to be included in the global ‘GenBank’. GenBank, set up in 1982, is a database of annota

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New global framework launched to eliminate rabies

A new framework to eliminate human rabies and save tens of thousands of lives each year has been launched today by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of th

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Bahrain orders swine flu vaccine doses

Bahrain is sparing no efforts to contain cases of swine flu and treat patients who have tested positive for the virus. The Health Ministry is in constant contact with the company that manufactures the H1N1 vaccine to fast-track the delivery of

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J&J starts clinical trial of Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone

Johnson & Johnson has begun a clinical trial of a two-shot Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone, underlining its determination to push ahead with development, even as the epidemic fades out West Africa.   The new st

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Pampers, Unicef mark a decade of tetanus protection

An estimated 500,000 newborn lives have been saved and 100 million women and their newborns protected from the deadly disease, maternal and newborn tetanus, owing to a 10-year long partnership between Pampers and Unicef that helped achieve thi

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