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World Health Organization

Immunization game-changers should be the norm worldwide

21 April 2016 | Geneva – During World Immunization Week 2016, held 24-30 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps countries can take to “Close the Immunization Gap” and meet global vaccination targets by 2020. “Last year immunization led to some notable wins in the fight against polio, rubella and maternal and neonatal tetanus,” says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “But they were isolated wins. Polio was eliminated in one country, tetanus in three, and rubella…

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WHO endorses experimental drugs for Ebola

Geneva – The World Health Organisation has authorised the use of experimental drugs to fight Ebola as the death toll increases. A 12-member ethics panel convened by the United Nations health agency has reached “unanimous consensus” that it is ethical to treat Ebola patients with experimental drugs to counter the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak of the virus in history. “There was unanimous agreement among the experts that in the special circumstances of this Ebola outbreak it is ethical to offer unregistered interventions…

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