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Counterfeit Ozempic found in multiple countries; The latest health stories from around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported on three counterfeit batches of Ozempic that were discovered in late 2023 in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with an unknown number of unreported cases. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/who-warns-against-counterfeit-ozempic-europe-and-united-2024a1000caq?  Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer, has confirmed that the batches in question are not original products. The pens may be […]

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Could affordable SCD treatment be on the horizon? The latest health stories from around the world

Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two gene therapy procedures that can treat and, in some cases, essentially cure sickle cell disease. This genetic blood disorder causes pain and anaemia in millions and still kills nearly 375,000 people worldwide every year. But the groundbreaking treatments require risky chemotherapy and cost some $2

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New HIV prevention trial indicates 100% protection; The latest health stories from around the world

Researchers and activists in the trenches of the long fight against HIV got a rare piece of exciting news last week: Results from a large clinical trial in Africa showed that a twice-yearly injection of a new antiviral drug gave young women total protection from the virus. www.nytimes.com/2024/06/21/health/lenacapavir-hiv-prevention-africa.html? “I got cold shivers,” said Dr Linda-Gail

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US FDA announces autumn COVID-19 strategy; The latest health stories from around the world

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week endorsed a strategy for a COVID-19 vaccine to be used this autumn that favours a composition different from one recently recommended by an agency advisory committee. The continuing evolution of SARS-CoV-2 makes choosing the most effective vaccine challenging. www.science.org/content/article/news-glance-saving-endangered-leopard-restoring-europe-s-habitats-and-assessing? This month, the panel of outside scientists

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Polio’s last strongholds continue to cause issue; The latest health stories from around the world

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has been struggling in Africa with large outbreaks spawned by the polio vaccine itself, which is made of live but weakened poliovirus. But the program at least had the wild virus on the run, driving down the cases it causes in its last strongholds, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Now, GPEI

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COVID-19 continues to evolve, vaccines must keep up the pace; The latest health stories from around the world

SARS-CoV-2 keeps evolving, and it’s time for COVID-19 vaccines to again follow suit, advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed early last week. The panel voted unanimously in favour of updating the shots to more closely match virus strains now circulating. www.science.org/content/article/covid-19-vaccines-should-get-fall-update-panel-concludes?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_content=alert&utm_campaign=WeeklyLatestNews&et_rid=785235729&et_cid=5240384 Although the FDA still needs to greenlight the change, the

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Africa aspires toward more medical independence; The latest health stories from around the world

  https://www.gavi.org/vaccineswork/how-africa-moving-towards-future-proofing-its-response-health-emergencies  Africa has for years been heavily dependent on importing medicines, diagnostics and vaccines to respond to the health needs of the 1.2 billion people on the continent.  When international trade was blocked during the COVID-19 pandemic, this extreme reliance on imports made Africa vulnerable.  Now, a new free trade treaty that will ease

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USDA delves into flu vaccines for cattle; The latest health stories from around the world

On 3 May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a “request for information” from companies that have the capability to develop and produce cow vaccines against H5N1. Jamie Jonker, chief science officer at the National Milk Producers Federation, says he knows of up to 10 companies that have “expressed interest.” The American Association of

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WHO to vote on formalising a legally binding pandemic agreement; The latest health stories from around the world

At the end of May, 194 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet for the World Health Assembly. Negotiations underway now will determine whether they vote then to adopt a pandemic agreement. www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adq1055?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_content=alert&utm_campaign=SCIeToc&et_rid=785235729&et_cid=5199970  For the past 2 years, discussions have focused on spelling out essential components of a robust and equitable architecture

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Experimental malaria prevention proves effective; The latest health stories from around the world

A single dose of an experimental antibody drug protects children from malaria for up to 6 months, according to a clinical study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. www.science.org/content/article/injectable-antibody-drug-protects-children-malaria-mali-trial? The therapy, an injectable monoclonal antibody called L9LS that has already shown success in adults, reduced infections and clinical disease in 6- to

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