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.
Dr. John Porter, formerly the U.K. medical team lead for Pfizer, will become Novartis' medical affairs director for Northern Europe.
Whooping cough is back with a vengeance, and the culprit may be the changing nature of the bacterium that causes the highly infectious disease.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the U.K. adopts the two-shot model, it may use the cash it saves to vaccinate boys against HPV.