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Gordon Brown budget affirms commitment to AMCs

Gordon Brown, the UK Finance Minister, presented his tenth annual budget today. It included a strong commitment to Advance Market Commitments. From Chapter 5 of the report:

Should we try to eradicate diseases?

Today's New York Times (free registration required) discusses whether the lesson of the campaign to eradicate polio is that it is more effective to control than to try to eradicate diseases:

Today the struggling drive against polio has raised new questions about whether eradication of any disease is achievable, and, if so, whether the cost in terms of effort and dollars would be worth it, given all the other diseases that need attention.

US plans for avian flu

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt reported this week on preparations for a possible influenza pandemic, promised to act soon to boost US flu vaccine production capacity and promote cell-based vaccine technology.

Meningitis A Vaccine Successfully Completes Phase I Trials

The Meningitis Vaccine Project has completed the Phase I clinical trial of a new vaccine against serogroup A meningococcus. Meningitis, an infection of the the thin lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, is fatal in 10% of its victims and permanently disables another 20% - even if they have received antibiotic treatment.

Kennedy on Thimerosal

Robert F Kennedy writes about the Thimerosal controversy, and says that the WHO has pushed the CDC to disguise the dangers.

Salk and Sabin Honoured by US Stamps

The US Postal Service announced yesterday the issue of stamps to honor heroes of the vaccine world:

Two of the most esteemed scientists in the world, Dr. Jonas Salk and
Dr. Albert Sabin, were honored today with postage stamps as part of the
Distinguished Americans series. For their dedication to fighting polio
and other infectious diseases, Salk and Sabin received numerous awards,
including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Salk in 1977, Sabin in