‘Warp Speed’ Officials Debut Plan for Distributing Free Vaccines

Redfield calls Caputo’s comments on C.D.C. ‘false accusations’ and said they ‘deeply saddened me.’ In a reversal, the Big Ten Conference will try to play football in 2020. Federal health officials outline preparations to distribute a vaccine when its ready. His statements appeared to soften previous statements from Mr. Trump highlighting the role of the military. Opinion polls have shown […]

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Two Strains of Polio Are Gone, but the End of the Disease Is Still Far Off

In another milestone on the long, expensive and sometimes discouraging road to wiping out polio, global health officials announced Wednesday that two of the three strains of wild polio virus have officially been eliminated. Although that brings the world another step closer to eradication, the effort has taken far longer than was ever anticipated. When the campaign began in 1988, […]

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Australia Just Had a Bad Flu Season. That May Be a Warning for the U.S.

Australia had an unusually early and fairly severe flu season this year. Since that may foretell a serious outbreak on its way in the United States, public health experts now are urging Americans to get their flu shots as soon as possible. “It’s too early to tell for sure, because sometimes Australia is predictive and sometimes it’s not,” said Dr. […]

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How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the United States

The question is often whispered, the questioners sheepish. But increasingly, parents at the Central Park playground where Dr. Elizabeth A. Comen takes her young children have been asking her: “Do you vaccinate your kids?” Dr. Comen, an oncologist who has treated patients for cancers related to the human papillomavirus that a vaccine can now prevent, replies emphatically: Absolutely. She never […]

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Congo Draws Up a New Battle Plan Against Ebola Amid Power Struggle

Faced with an Ebola outbreak that sprawls over a vast swath of the Democratic Republic of Congo, public health officials are conceding that their battle against the virus is failing and have proposed a comprehensive new strategy for ending the epidemic. The plan envisions reframing the epidemic as a regional humanitarian crisis, not simply a health emergency. That may include […]

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A New Ebola Vaccine Strategy in Africa: Smaller Doses

Confronting an Ebola outbreak spiraling out of control in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization announced plans on Tuesday to change its vaccination strategy, offering smaller doses and eventually introducing a second vaccine. The outbreak, which has lasted nine months, has now claimed more than 1,000 lives. Rebel groups have attacked health care centers or medical teams […]

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Brother and Sister Accuse Him of Spreading Misinformation on Vaccines

A brother, sister and niece of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wednesday chastised him for campaigning against vaccines, saying he has been disseminating “dangerous misinformation” that discourages immunization even as measles spreads throughout the United States. They declared that they love him and praised his work to protect the environment. “However, on vaccines he is wrong,” they wrote in a column […]

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F.D.A. Approves the First Vaccine for Dengue Fever, but Limits Its Use

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first vaccine for dengue, Dengvaxia, but placed significant restrictions on its use because the vaccine has been shown to put some people at heightened risk for a severe form of the disease. In clearing the vaccine, the agency acknowledged the serious public health benefit of slowing a disease that affects hundreds of […]

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Scientists Thought They Had Measles Cornered. They Were Wrong.

The measles outbreak that led to a state of emergency in New York’s Rockland County began far away: in an annual Hasidic pilgrimage from Israel to Ukraine. It is emblematic of a series of fierce, sometimes connected measles outbreaks — in places as diverse as Indonesia, the Philippines, Madagascar and Venezuela — that have shaken global health officials, revealing persistent […]

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