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Ebola deaths rise to 135 as vaccine research lags

As the death toll from the Ebola virus in West Africa climbs to 135 people, a vaccine to combat the deadly virus remains years out of reach.

New Novartis director will implement Bexsero on U.K. immunization program

Dr. John Porter, formerly the U.K. medical team lead for Pfizer, will become Novartis' medical affairs director for Northern Europe.

Whooping cough mutations may be weakening vaccine effectiveness

Whooping cough is back with a vengeance, and the culprit may be the changing nature of the bacterium that causes the highly infectious disease.

WHO offers road map for new vaccine introduction

To help countries achieve the maximum impact of new vaccines, the World Health Organization has released new guidance on how to introduce new vaccines in existing immunization programs.

Colorado vaccine bill: Necessary education or treating parents like 'idiots'?

Measles outbreaks in New York and Canada have ratcheted up arguments about the merits of vaccines in recent weeks, but the row is perhaps most intense in Colorado. This week a proposal to tighten vaccine exemption laws advanced in the state, leading to opponents accusing the bill's sponsor of treating parents like "idiots" and "morons."

Government H5N1 vaccine orders drive jump in sales at Sinovac

At the start of 2014 the Chinese vaccine sector was rocked by the failure of three leading suppliers to obtain good manufacturing practice certification. Sinovac Biotech escaped unscathed from the rule tightening and this week posted a 17% jump in fourth-quarter sales.

Novartis' Bexsero wins U.K. recommendation in government U-turn

Going into 2014 Novartis said this was the year Bexsero, the great hope of its struggling vaccine unit, would begin to generate significant sales. Exactly how significant depends on whether governments agree to pay for the vaccine, and in this regard Novartis received a big boost this week. Britain could begin vaccinating all babies with Bexsero as early as this summer.

Failure of sexual health clinics to offer HPV vaccine leaves high-risk groups vulnerable

Concerns about cost and promiscuity have led to many countries struggling to increase uptake of human papillomavirus vaccines. England fits into this category, but survey data suggests it has a more fundamental problem: High-risk groups are less likely to be offered the vaccine.

Survey: 1 in 5 Americans think doctors know vaccines cause autism

Andrew Wakefield was struck off the U.K. medical register and The Lancet retracted his paper that linked the MMR vaccine to autism, but the latest survey data suggests one in 5 Americans believe doctors know vaccines cause autism.

U.K. mulls adopting a 2-dose model for HPV vaccination

If the U.K. adopts the two-shot model, it may use the cash it saves to vaccinate boys against HPV.