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Takeda places vaccines unit in Singapore to push for global growth

Last September, Takeda announced it would be putting vaccines into their own specialty business unit to "accelerate the globalization" of the business. And now, it's positioning the unit geographically to do the same.

Novavax's Ebola vaccine is in hot pursuit of GSK, Merck, J&J candidates

Novavax announced on Thursday that it would take its Ebola candidate to Australia for a Phase I trial involving 230 healthy adults. It is the fourth company to bring an Ebola vaccine to human trials, but Novavax says it has a better vaccine.

Scientists in search of next-generation Ebola vaccines as outbreak dwindles

The current Ebola outbreak may be starting to wane, but scientists agree they'll need a stockpile of vaccines to tackle the next one. And that means developing next-generation shots that can fight off multiple strains.

Measles-jab maker Merck says it can only do so much to encourage vaccination

As the Disneyland measles outbreak continues to spread, some are pointing the finger at Merck, maker of the only U.S.-approved measles vaccine. But when it comes to encouraging the public to get vaccinated, there's a limit on how much the company can do, its R&D chief says.

Takeda drops DTaP/sIPV development to focus on 'higher-impact' programs

After creating a global specialty unit for its vaccines business and tapping a new development head last fall, Takeda now plans to drop a Phase II Diphtheria-Tetanus-acellular Pertussis (DTaP) and Sabin inactivated poliovirus vaccine (sIPV) program in Japan to focus on markets where it can make a bigger splash.

Disneyland measles outbreak adds fuel to heated anti-vaccination debate

The measles outbreak that began at Disneyland is spreading across California and beyond, and it's reigniting a heated debate over the anti-vaccination movement.

Study: GSK's malaria vaccine may not be effective when used with bed nets

In July last year, GlaxoSmithKline submitted its malaria vaccine, RTS,S, for regulatory review by the European Medicines Agency. Because there are no existing malaria vaccines, Glaxo says that a vaccine to be used "alongside other measures such as bed nets and anti-malarial medicines" would be an advance in malaria control. However, a new study published Monday might have GSK rethinking the bed nets.

J&J forms consortia to accelerate Ebola vaccine development, gets €100M boost from IMI

Johnson & Johnson may have been third to bring its Ebola vaccine to human trials, but it is about to pick up the pace on developing its candidate, thanks to a €100 million grant from a European public-private partnership.

WHO approves MenAfriVac for routine infant immunization in sub-Saharan Africa

The affordable meningitis A vaccine, MenAfriVac, has been given to millions of people in Africa's so-called "meningitis belt," and is about to be administered to even more. The World Health Organization approved the shot, previously approved for people aged one to 29, for use in the routine immunization of infants less than one year old in sub-Saharan Africa.

Powdered measles vaccine, safe in PhI, could aid vaccination in developing world

A powdered measles vaccine could mean a cheaper option for the developing world that eliminates storage, contamination and waste challenges. And researchers now have one that looks safe in Phase I.