Announcements

European Vaccine Initiative  [to 20 May 2017]
http://www.euvaccine.eu/news-events
18 May 2017
Workshop on universal influenza vaccines
The EDUFLUVAC partners, as part of their work programme on the development of a broadly reactive influenza vaccine, are planning a workshop in close collaboration with the FLUTCORE and UNISEC consortia entitled: “Four years of European research on the development of universal influenza vaccines: what have we learnt and how can we move forward?”.
The workshop will be held in Brussels, Belgium on 12-14 June 2017…
 
::::::
 
IFPMA   [to 20 May 2017]
http://www.ifpma.org/resources/news-releases/
18 May 2017
New Alliance to Drive and Measure Industry Progress to Curb Antimicrobial Resistance
:: New Industry Alliance brings together research-based pharmaceutical companies, generics, biotech and diagnostic companies, to drive and measure industry progress to curb antimicrobial resistance.
:: The AMR Industry Alliance will ensure that signatories collectively deliver on the commitments made in the Declaration (January 2016) and the Roadmap (September 2016) and will measure industry’s progress in the fight against AMR.
:: The Alliance will develop a reporting mechanism to track progress, identify gaps and set targets for the future. Its progress reports will also help to assess what are the key hurdles impeding actions outside of industry’s sole control on reducing antimicrobial resistance and facilitate collaboration between the public and private sector.
 
::::::
 
Wellcome Trust  [to 20 May 2017]
https://wellcome.ac.uk/news
Opinion / Published: 19 May 2017
Drug-resistant infections: the clock is ticking
This week marks a year since the publication of the International Review on Antimicrobial Resistance (opens in a new tab), a review led by Lord Jim O’Neill and supported by Wellcome and the UK Department of Health.
It set out a plan for governments to tackle the growing problem of drug-resistant infections.
Writing in The Guardian today, Ed Whiting, Wellcome’s Head of Policy and Chief of Staff, looks at what has happened since the review’s publication and explains why without action on antibiotics, medicine will return to the dark ages (opens in a new tab).
 
::::::
 
FDA [to 20 May 2017]
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/default.htm
What’s New for Biologics
:: May 16, 2017 Approval Letter – MMR II (PDF – 55KB)  Posted: 5/17/2016
:: Meeting Transcript for the Public Workshop: Emerging Tick-Borne Diseases and Blood Safety (PDF – 429KB)  Posted: 5/16/2017
::  May 16, 2017 Approval Letter – PROQUAD (PDF – 56KB) Posted: 5/16/2017
 
::::::
 
European Medicines Agency  [to 20 May 2017]
http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/
19/05/2017
Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 15-18 May 2017
Eleven medicines recommended for approval, including one advanced therapy medicine
 
::::::

Global Fund [to 20 May 2017]
http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/news/?topic=&type=NEWS;&country=
News
Global Fund Rates Highly in Australian Aid Review
15 May 2017
The Global Fund scored a top rating for its effective investment of donor money to respond to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in a newly released Multilateral Performance Assessment published in the Performance of Australian Aid Report by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  The assessment confirmed the Global Fund as a strong, results-driven partner, giving consistent ratings of 5 out of 6 across its six criteria.
 
::::::
 
PATH  [to 20 May 2017]
http://www.path.org/news/index.php
Announcement | May 18, 2017
PATH joins world leaders in defining global health and development priorities at 70th World Health Assembly
PATH leaders are slated to deliver remarks at Assembly Committee meetings and to lend their expertise to several events on the formal agenda, as well as key side events covering issues including research and development, global health security, noncommunicable diseases, access to essential medicines and health technologies, and planning for polio eradication.
 
Announcement | May 17, 2017
PATH statement on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
[See Ebola/EVD above for full statement]
 
::::::
::::::