A doctor contracted Ebola in one of the most violence-ridden areas of eastern DRC, where the outbreak is yet to be stabilised. Algeria is facing their first cholera outbreak in decades, whilst in Yemen, weather data is helping to predict where the disease will strike. Anti-vax fears are driving the measles outbreak in Europe, with bots spreading anti-vaccine messages on social media.
This week in journals, the Lancet highlighted the role that typhoid conjugate vaccine could play in tackling antimicrobial resistance, Science discussed the re-emergence of yellow fever and NEJM focussed on oral polio vaccine withdrawal. WEF’s blog looked at how the unpredictability of pandemics can decrease our motivation to prepare for them.
Finally, in the week that she attended the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health retreat, Gavi Deputy CEO Anuradha Gupta argued that we can reach more children with life-saving health services if we use immunisation as a platform.