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Washington Post Editorial on Global Immunization

The Washington Post has published an editorial on global immunization and its implications for rotavirus vaccines. The editorial argues that despite the historical delays in vaccine introduction, the recent efforts of the global polio eradication campaign and the creation of GAVI have made the successful introduction of a rotavirus vaccine possible by strengthening vaccine delivery infrastructure and providing critical immunization financing:

The Darfur Dilemma in the African Union

CNN is reporting that the African Union is considering handing over peacekeeping responsibilities in Darfur, where it has 6,000 troops trying to stop Sudanese forces and government-sponsored militias from killing civilians, to the UN.

"The time has come to make a pronouncement on the future of the AU Mission in Darfur and the ways and means to adapt it to the present challenges, including the hand-over to the United Nations at the appropriate time."

Rick Klausner, Venture Capitalist

Rick Klausner aims for $500 million fund in life sciences

Dr. Richard Klausner, the former director of the National Cancer Institute who most recently led the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's global health program, is looking to raise as much as $500 million for a new venture capital fund.

Dubbed The Column Group, the fund would be based in Seattle with the possibility of a branch office in the San Francisco Bay Area, Klausner said.