The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which provides key recommendations for purchase and use of vaccines in the US, said on Thursday that HPV vaccine against cervical cancer should be given routinely to 11- to 12-year-old girls (see the CDC press release and a related article in MarketWatch).
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Following an inquiry into the corruption and mismanagement of Global Fund grants in Uganda, the New Vision has recently reported that the Ministry of Health is now under investigation for possible misuse of sh300m (approximately US$160,000) in GAVI funding intended to increase immunization coverage.
NOTE: The article does not name its sources and we were unable to independently verify the accuracy of this account
Dr. Arata Kochi, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, has received a lot of press recently for his aggressive approach to curbing malaria in developing countries - particularly in light of his crackdown on suppliers of artemisinin monotherapies.
According to Saturdayâ€™s Washington Post, the District of Columbia is launching a new routine HIV testing campaign aimed at all people ages 14 to 84.
The city-wide campaign, which appears to be unprecedented in its breadth, will target 400,000 men, women and teenagers and encourage them to learn their HIV status through an oral swab that delivers results in 20 minutes.
Hagiographic analysis in the Washington Post of Bill Gates's decision to retire from Microsoft and spend more time with his money:
Even as Microsoft is grappling with a changing competitive environment in which the software that Gates championed is losing ground to Internet-based services, the foundation is facing hurdles that observers say only Gates may be able to clear.
In a controversial new study presented at the ongoing PEPFAR conference in Durban and reported in Wednesday's Boston Globe, researchers at ORC Macro have concluded that wealthy people (the top quintile) in Africa are infected with HIV/AIDS at higher rates than poorer people. These finding contradict widely held beliefs and undermine the notion that poverty is a main driver of AIDS.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: increasing demand raises prices. And yet the Joint Declaration on the International Drug Purchase Facility - UNITAID issued by Brazil, Chile, France and Norway at the launch of UNITAID on June 2nd explicitly includes the following contradictory principles of the new entity: