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WHO prequalifies new oral cholera vaccine

The World Health Organisation has prequalified a new oral vaccine for cholera, the inactivated Euvichol-S having a similar efficacy to existing vaccines but being...

Millions of girls in Africa will miss HPV shots this year

Nearly 1.5m teenage girls in some of the world’s poorest countries will miss the chance to be protected from cervical cancer because pharmaceutical company...

Adult vaccine programmes give 19x returns, finds world report

A first-of-its-kind study has underscored the dual benefits of adult immunisation programmes, with the experts concluding that these can deliver a return of up to...

New cholera vaccine-makers gearing up as global stocks run out

The global stockpile of cholera vaccine has dried up, with doses being given to patients as fast as they are produced, but the good...

Bird flu outbreak unlikely among humans, say experts

US experts have issued reassurances that there is minimal risk of a bird flu outbreak among people, after a surge of infections among dairy...

Landmark TB vaccine trial kicks off in SA

The first jabs in a much-anticipated clinical trial of an experimental tuberculosis (TB) vaccine have been administered at a clinical trial site at the...

Flu shots flagged during Covid jab stroke study

Investigation of an early signal for stroke associated with Covid-19 bivalent vaccines turned into suspicion of high-dose or adjuvanted flu shots instead, based on...

Cholera vaccine shortage a global crisis

The global stockpile of the oral cholera vaccine is still worryingly depleted – even as outbreaks of the disease continue worldwide, and with predictions...

RSV jab may boost Guillain-Barré risk, US experts warn

American health authorities have warned that vaccines for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) might have caused a few cases of the rare neurological condition Guillain-Barré...

Typhoid vaccine protects for up to four years – Malawi study

Randomised controlled trials among children in Asia and Africa have revealed a high short-term efficacy of typhoid conjugate vaccines, however, few studies have analysed...

New malaria jab also reduces other fatalities

The roll-out of malaria vaccines in Africa – the world’s first routine immunisation programme against the disease – has a surprising added benefit, reducing...

HPV jab highly effective in preventing cervical cancer – Scottish study

The bivalent human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) Cervarix was highly effective in protecting women from cervical cancer when given between the ages of 12 and...

Measles warning in Europe as cases surge 30-fold

The World Health Organisation has issued an urgent warning over measles after an “alarming” 30-fold rise in cases across Europe, with 30 000 cases reported...

Reformulating flu jab easier said than done, say experts

Flu vaccine makers have argued that despite being urged by the World Health Organisation and some national drug regulators to drop the component known as...

Measles cases and deaths still rising worldwide

With measles cases continuing to increase worldwide – despite it being 60 years since the first vaccine against the disease was licensed for public...

Is vaccination approaching a dangerous tipping point?

Vaccination is one of the most highly effective public health interventions, responsible for saving millions of lives each year, yet an increasing number of...

'Cranky uncle' game tackles vaccine hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy in the developing world will meet its match with the launch of a game featuring the same central character, a grumpy uncle,...

Childhood jabs at risk as medical and religious freedom wins ground

Medical and religious freedom lobbying – bouyed by successes in overturning coronavirus vaccine mandates in some areas – has led to an increasing number...