The first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa was held this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference brought together government officials, advocates, religious leaders and partner organizations from across the continent, with ministry speakers from a dozen African countries.

In June 2015, immunization officials from Senegal, Mali and Cameroon came together in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss expenditure tracking mechanisms used by countries to improve budget accountability for immunization.

Today, Health Affairs released its February 2016 issue, focusing on the complex series of events leading to the development, purchase and eventual delivery of vaccines.

Statement on the World Health Organization’s Declaration of a Public Health Emergency International Concern for Zika Virus

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Feb. 8, 2016 — On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, declared Zika a Public Health Emergency International Concern (PHEIC), because of growing concerns of the suspected association between Zika and the rise in detected cases of congenital malformations and neurological complications in newborn babies.

Kenneth Kelley and Jordan Orange Join Sabin Vaccine Institute Board of Trustees

WASHINGTON, D.C. — January 13, 2016 — The Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) is pleased to announce the election of Kenneth Kelley, M.B.A., and Jordan Orange, M.D., Ph.D., to its Board of Trustees. Mr. Kelley is a Harvard Senior Advanced Leadership Fellow, focusing on global health, biosecurity and the market inefficiency leading to a lack of vaccines against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and emerging pandemic threats. Dr. Orange is chief of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, and professor and section head for Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology in the pediatrics department at Baylor College of Medicine.

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