Zimbabwe became the eighth African country to introduce the HPV vaccine this week as cervical cancer rates in the country spiral. Uganda launched a major vaccination drive to tackle a cholera outbreak in the country, whilst severe flooding leaves neighbouring Kenya and Somalia at risk of an outbreak. Quartz looked at the terrifying link between climate change and infectious disease.
Bill Gates explored what we need to stop the next pandemic, and also announced he will be investing in the campaign for a universal flu vaccine, while a call for new ideas and Scientific American asked how we can build a better flu vaccine. A new report found that even a flu vaccine that is only 20% effective can still save tens of thousands of lives.
Finally, Gavi Board Chair Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala argued that innovative finance doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel, Gavi Deputy CEO Anuradha Gupta and the First Lady of Ghana discussed the importance of vaccination on Twitter, and Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation, reminded us that vaccines save lives.