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Health agencies inform on Zika vaccine timeline

Multiple public health authorities have given insight to the timing of Zika vaccine development, with the WHO now stating that any vaccine may be too late for the current outbreak, a similar situation to the one the world experienced in the Ebola epidemic.

Inovio says Zika vaccine shows promise in mice and shoots for human trial by year-end

While it doesn't yet market any products, Inovio continues to be the Zika vaccine front-runner, reporting that its experimental jab induced a "robust and durable" immune response in mice.

Zika outbreak triggers R&D; attention from pharma, governments

As the Zika virus continues to grab headlines and its spread threatens, governments and industry are urgently committing resources and analyzing vaccine development options.

S. Korea's EuBiologics wins nod as WHO cholera vaccine supplier

South Korea's EuBiologics has won World Health Organization approval as the third company to supply oral cholera vaccines for its global campaign just as a massive effort in Iraq ended, leaving stocks nearly depleted.

MenAfriVac succeeds in sub-Saharan Africa, but the fight isn't over yet

Five years after the affordable meningitis jab, MenAfriVac, was introduced in Africa's "meningitis belt," it has nearly eliminated the disease on the continent, the World Health Organization and PATH announced on Tuesday. But scientists are warning against overconfidence, predicting that meningitis could bounce back if immunization efforts let up now.

Reuters: WHO, EMA likely to approve GlaxoSmithKline's malaria vaccine despite challenges

Final trial results reported in April showed that the efficacy of GlaxoSmithKline's investigational malaria vaccine wanes over time. But the candidate, dubbed RTS,S or Mosquirix, is the furthest along in the quest for a vaccine and so, may win WHO and EMA approval as the first vaccine against malaria.

China's aim to halt malaria gets a thumbs up from WHO as global effort grows

China's efforts to eradicate malaria by the end of this decade appear to be on track, state-run news agency Xinhua said, noting that its Roll Back Malaria partnership with global health bodies is slated to be implemented by the end of 2015 as part of the country's Sustainable Development Goals.

FDA warns consumers to check any generic Valium bought online; it may be dangerous

Hundreds of adverse reactions and dozens of hospitalizations tied to counterfeit diazepam in Africa has the FDA concerned enough that it is warning consumers to check their meds carefully if they bought the generic form of Valium online.

Vietnam gets official WHO nod as global vaccine supplier

The World Health Organization has officially named Vietnam as the fifth country in the Western Pacific region to meet requirements to produce vaccines for the global market, with reports in April suggesting the government expects to have a 6-in-1 vaccine ready for the market next year.

WHO adds postpartum contraceptive ring to 2015 essential meds list

Bolstering recent growth in the research of progesterone-loaded intravaginal rings as contraceptives, the World Health Organization has voiced its approval, adding the delivery method to its 2015 essential medicines list, particularly for postpartum women and with a focus on the developing world.