Vaccines

  • Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs booster September 8, 2014

    Washington: New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection, but the effect waned unless the animals got a booster shot made a different way. Some healthy people are rolling up their sleeves at the National Institutes of Health for the first human safety...
  • Drug and vaccine makers in race against Ebola September 6, 2014

    Geneva: Drug and vaccine companies are racing to conduct clinical trials of potential treatments for Ebola but it will be 2015 before there are any initial results and much later before significant quantities could be available, executives said on Friday. In interviews on the sidelines of a meeting hosted by the...
  • Health officials set to begin trials on experimental Ebola vaccine September 1, 2014

    The death toll of the Ebola outbreak in Africa has risen above 1500. More than 3000 people have been infected, with 40 per cent of those cases reported in the last 3 weeks. Health officials are set to begin trials on an Ebola vaccine this week. ...
  • Human trials of Ebola vaccine to start next week August 29, 2014

    Washington: The US government announced on Thursday that it will start initial human trials of Ebola vaccine next week. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement that the phase one clinical trial will determine if a vaccine, co-developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...
  • Experimental Ebola vaccine by US company to be made available in market August 13, 2014

    As the Ebola crisis continues to ravage west africa, a US company is working to make its experimental vaccine available in the market. Newlink genetics in Iowa has signed a million dollar contract with the US department of defense. This experimental drug has proven 100 per cent effective in animal...
  • GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine July 25, 2014

    London: GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria, designed for children in Africa. The British drugmaker said the shot, called RTS,S, is intended exclusively for use outside the European Union but will be evaluated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in...
  • Government introduces 4 new vaccines in the Universal Immunisation Programme July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: There has been a big boost to the public healthcare sector with India deciding to introduce four new vaccines as part of the Universal Immunisation Programme. Three new vaccines will be introduced for children. These include the indigenously developed Rotavirus vaccine and those to combat Rubella and Polio....
  • Pakistan: Polio vaccine a must for exit travellers May 14, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan will require all travellers leaving the country to obtain a polio vaccination from June 1, 2014, the health ministry said on Tuesday. A statement from the ministry said the restrictions comply with a decision by the World Health Organisation advising travellers of all ages to be vaccinated by next...
  • Effective HIV vaccine comes closer to reality March 3, 2014

    Washington: Scientific have discovered how the immune system makes a powerful antibody that blocks HIV infection of cells by targeting a key site, paving way for an effective vaccine for the deadly virus. Researchers believe that if a vaccine could elicit potent antibodies to a specific conserved site in the V1V2...
  • Infant dies after being given polio drops, probe ordered February 23, 2014

    A six-month-old boy on Sunday died of suspected polio drop at Itunda village in Bhilwara district, a senior health official said. Quoting preliminary report, district Chief Medical Officer Mushtaq Khan said that Mohit Raigar first convulsed white bubbles immediately after taking suspected polio drop, and later he collapsed. Block Development Officer of...
  • J&K: Pentavalent vaccine cleared of links to infant deaths October 15, 2013

    Srinagar: A five-member Central team of doctors on Monday gave a clean chit to the Jammu and Kashmir government and said that the use of Pentavalent vaccine was not responsible for the death of children in GB Pant and SKIMS hospitals recently. "There is no casual link of Pentavalent vaccine with...
  • Pakistan: 2 killed after a bomb explodes near polio vaccination team in Peshawar October 7, 2013

    A bomb that exploded near a polio vaccination team in the volatile northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday killed at least two people, and possibly as many as six, police said, the latest in a string of attacks against health workers. Islamist violence has been on the rise in Pakistan,...
  • Encephalitis claims 9 more lives; toll crosses 300 mark September 26, 2013

    With nine more children succumbing to encephalitis, the death toll due to the disease in eastern Uttar Pradesh has climbed to 301 this year. The dead include three children from Kushinagar, two from Deoria, and one each from Gorakhpur, Siddharthanagar and Santkabirnagar districts of eastern UP, health officials said on Thursday. One...
  • Brinda Karat demands action against those involved in vaccine trial September 3, 2013

    New Delhi: CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat has demanded action against those involved in the trial of a vaccine which allegedly used thousands of children as guiney pigs to test their new product. Karat demanded action in the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine trials which was allegedly conducted on thousands of children...
  • Supreme Court seeks Centre's reply on plea to ban pentavalent vaccine September 2, 2013

    The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Centre on a PIL seeking its direction to ban use of pentavalent vaccine, which prevents diseases like Hepatitis-B and diphtheria in children. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam issued notice to the Centre on a plea of senior doctor Yogesh...
  • 'Teeka Express' to provide doorstep vaccination services across state August 2, 2013

    A mobile health care system which will help vaccinate children at their doorsteps to protect them from life-threatening diseases was on Thursday launched in Rajasthan's Alwar by Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Jitendra Singh was also present at the launch of the "National...
  • Ghulam Nabi Azad launches mobile vaccine vans for children August 1, 2013

    National Teeka Express, an initiative to protect children from life-threatening diseases, was launched by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajasthan's Alwar district on Thursday. "Vaccines of seven deadly diseases will be distributed in villages and hamlets under this scheme. This affirms our commitment to vaccinate children in remote areas,"...
  • Pak: Gunmen kill woman polio worker, WHO suspends campaign May 29, 2013

    Islamabad: Suspected militants shot and killed a woman polio vaccinator and injured another in an attack in Peshawar city of northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, prompting the World Health Organisation to suspend its vaccination campaign. Two gunmen riding a motorcycle fired at the vaccinators at Badabher area on the outskirts of...
  • Diarrhoea is life threatening for children under 2 years: Dr NK Arora May 23, 2013

    A landmark study published in 'The Lancet' pinpoints rotavirus as the major cause of diarrhoeal disease among Indian children. The findings can guide prevention, treatment and research on diarrhoeal diseases which globally claim the lives of 800,000 children every year. Dr NK Arora, executive director, The Inclen Trust, joined IBNLive...
  • Human health is not a priority for our government: Dr T Jacob John April 26, 2013

    The week between April 24 and April 30 is marked as World Immunization Week. India has already weeded out Polio but several other life-threatening diseases remain. What should be the next priorities? Virologist and pediatrician Dr. Jacob John shared his perspective with IBNLive readers for an interaction on the issue. ...
  • First vaccine to help control autism symptoms developed April 26, 2013

    Toronto: Scientists have developed the first-ever vaccine for gut bacteria common in autistic children that may also help control some autism symptoms. Researchers from the University of Guelph in Canada have developed a carbohydrate-based vaccine against the gut bug Clostridium bolteae. C bolteae is known to play a role in...
  • Pakistani Taliban willing to back polio vaccination April 13, 2013

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban has said they will back the government's polio vaccination program if they are guaranteed it will not be used to mask a US espionage campaign. "We're not opposed to any vaccination if we are convinced that the dose for polio is allowed by Islam and that espionage...
  • Dengue vaccine closer to reality, say researchers April 9, 2013

    Washington: Researchers have inched closer to developing a novel therapy using mutated antibodies to protect people from the dengue virus. Scientists, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Koch Institute of Integrative Cancer Research, said that nearly half of the world's population is at risk of infection by the dengue virus, yet...
  • Scientists closer to developing more effective HIV vaccine April 4, 2013

    Washington: Scientists have tracked the earliest days of a man's robust immune response to HIV which may lead to a potential new vaccine for the deadly virus. The research team, led by Barton F Haynes from Duke Human Vaccine Institute and John Mascola of the NIH Vaccine Research Center, has...
  • People living in crowded environments are more vulnerable to Swine Flu: Dr Monica Mahajan February 7, 2013

    How to prevent Swine Flu and what to do if one is infected? Dr Monica Mahajan, physician at Max hospital joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the subject. Q. What are the symptoms of swine flu? What are the precautions which can be taken? Also, in the recent times people...
  • Pakistan: Five women aid workers shot dead January 1, 2013

    Peshawar: Gunmen ambushed and shot dead five Pakistani women aid workers and a male colleague on January 1, police said. Their vehicle was raked with gunfire as they returned home from work at a children's community centre run by Pakistani charity Ujala, or Light, said district police officer Abdur Rashid...
  • World AIDS Day: $ 100 mn spent, no vaccine yet December 1, 2012

    Mumbai: Thirty years since the first reported case of a person infected with the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus or HIV and 25 million deaths later, there's still no realistic prospect of a vaccine against the disease, AIDS. One of the main reasons is that HIV is such a complex virus. There...
  • 30 years on, vaccine for HIV still a distant dream November 30, 2012

    Mumbai: Thirty years since the first case of a person infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV was reported, there is still no realistic prospect of a vaccine for the disease. Records show that in these 30 years, almost 25 million people died of HIV. In 2011, 25 million...
  • Finally, a potential vaccine against kala azar November 27, 2012

    Kolkata: Scientists at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB) here claim to have hit the bull's eye with a potential vaccine directed at the dreaded kala azar disease that claims dozens of lives in eastern India every year. "The vaccine formulation is highly potent. We have shown the way...
  • Indian vaccine for Japanese encephalitis launched September 13, 2012

    Hyderabad: Pharma firm Biological E Ltd (BEL) on Thursday launched the country's first indigenous vaccine to tackle Japanese encephalitis (JE), a deadly viral disease. The vaccine, JEEV, is priced at Rs 985. This is a one-time vaccine to be taken in two doses and will be soon available in the domestic...