July 21, 2010
This week, Baltimore is privileged to host an international conference sponsored by the preeminent global immunization advocacy organization, the GAVI Alliance. Launched in 2000 at the star-studded gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the GAVI Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) was founded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the vaccine industry, among others. Pneumococcal disease and rotavirus, a virulent form of diarrhea, are the top two killers of children in the 70 or so most impoverished countries in the world — those where the average income is less than $3 per day. It has traditionally taken 10 to 15 years for vaccines we in America take for granted to reach people in these most impoverished places, with a particularly huge death toll in children under 5 — more than 2 million each year.
March 28, 2006
Only the hardest of hearts could deny sympathy to parents whose children suddenly develop autism or some other debilitating ailment for which there is no proven cause. As a society, we know enough about how the world works politically and so little about how chemicals in our environment affect us medically that skepticism of official assurances can be, well, healthy. Yet politicians, in particular, must be careful not to let a natural concern about the safety of vaccines mushroom into a public health emergency, in which fear and ignorance cause far more sickness and death than the vaccines might have.
May 15, 2012
Maryland's children would be required to get more vaccines before attending school under a proposal being considered by state health officials. But doctors and state health officials said most children are already getting the shots and that they are looking to regulate the process. Under the proposed guidelines, pupils would be required to get a chicken pox booster before starting kindergarten. The chicken pox vaccine is now required to be given to babies. Seventh-graders would be required to get the Tdap vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough.
July 27, 2006
WASHINGTON -- A British drug manufacturer announced yesterday that it has developed what appears to be the most effective bird flu vaccine so far and that it can be made in sufficient quantities for widespread distribution in case of an outbreak. The experimental vaccine, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline PLC, seems to work at low enough doses that it overcomes a key obstacle in earlier vaccines, which required high doses and would have been too cumbersome to produce rapidly in large quantities.
August 1, 1992
This Beltsville-based company widened its losses during the quarter that ended June 30 but said comparisons with the second quarter of last year are misleading.North American Vaccine made a $2 million gain in the second quarter of last year by selling 200,000 shares of an affiliate, BioChem Pharma Inc.Without that gain, the company would have lost $1.9 million, or 10 cents a share, during the second quarter of 1991.Three months ended 6/30/92........Revenue...... Net...... ..... Share'92..
January 20, 2007
Middle school girls in Maryland would be required to get vaccines for a virus that causes cervical cancer under legislation being considered in Annapolis. Several state senators have introduced a bill to require the shots for sixth-grade girls. The shot would prevent a common, sexually transmitted virus that causes about 70 percent of the cases of cervical cancer. Other states also are considering a requirement for the vaccine. Supporters say the vaccine, approved last summer for girls as young as 9, is a no-brainer because it could eliminate female cases of human papilloma virus, or HPV. The virus can also cause genital lesions or warts.