No specific treatment or vaccine currently exists for the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus, but efforts are underway to remedy that. The NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will bring its experimental vaccine into Phase II, keeping up with Austria's Themis, which raised $7.9 million to do the same for its candidate last May.
India will join more than 110 countries that have introduced the inactivated polio vaccine to their calendars. Sanofi and its Indian affiliate, Shantha Biotechnics, will supply polio vaccines to the Indian government via UNICEF. The vaccines will be used in India's universal immunization program.
Brigham Young University researchers have developed a "just add water" method to expedite vaccine production in the face of new viruses. The process involves creating vaccine production machinery en masse and then freeze-drying it and stockpiling it in different locations.
The FDA has expanded the indication of Emergent BioSolutions' BioThrax anthrax vaccine for use in adults aged 18 to 65 in conjunction with antibiotic treatment, following confirmed or suspected exposure to Bacillus anthracis.
Sanofi is the furthest along in the race for a dengue vaccine, expecting its first license to market its jab by the end of the year. But this doesn't mean others aren't trying to tackle the mosquito-borne disease: SUNY Upstate Medical University announced on Monday a $12 million partnership with the U.S. Army to develop a dengue vaccine.
Médecins Sans Frontières, a global charity and frequent pharma critic, has initiated a worldwide petition calling for Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline to reduce the prices of their pneumonia vaccines to $5 per child--for all three doses--in emerging markets and for humanitarian organizations.
GlaxoSmithKline's experimental Ebola jab, which was taken to Phase I in the U.S. and Mali last October, was well-tolerated and elicited strong immune responses in adults.
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.
On the heels of successful Phase II data for its genital herpes candidate, Genocea reported that its pneumococcal vaccine missed the mark in Phase II.
AstraZeneca's MedImmune is joining the likes of Vanderbilt University and GlaxoSmithKline as a member of the Human Vaccines Project, the company announced Tuesday. The public-private partnership, incubated at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), aims to accelerate the development of vaccines and immunotherapies against major infectious diseases and cancers "by decoding the human immune system."