6 – 12 December 2019

Heidi Larson speaks to Reuters, BBC News, the Guardian and The Times about the global surge in measles cases and deaths. Heidi said: “Measles, the most contagious of all vaccine-preventable diseases, is the tip of the iceberg of other vaccine-preventable disease threats and should be a wake-up call to strengthen protection against future outbreaks .”

Heidi also speaks to Aljazeera as Malaysia reports its first polio case in 27 years. Heidi said: “When we come across a case like the one in Malaysia, it exposes areas that don’t have enough vaccination to prevent the spread.”

The rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola Vaccine is named one of the top 20 scientific discoveries of the decade in National Geographic. LSHTM was involved in the design and analysis of this vaccine trial.

Beate Kampmann talks to BBC Radio Scotland (from 55:00) and LBC News about increasing vaccine confidence to stem a global surge in measles cases. Beate said: “Logistics, trust in healthcare systems and the way vaccines are delivered all play a role. We need to do a better job of explaining their safety.”

Pontiano Kaleebu and Segun Fatumo writes in The Conversation Africa about what they’ve learnt from building Africa’s biggest genome library. Pontiano and Segun said: “We now need larger and more diverse studies of genetic causes of disease across the region. These will foster the development of new treatments that will benefit people living in Africa as well as people of African descent around the world.”

Susannah Mayhew discusses how the world would change if women had total control over when and how they had children in BBC Future. Susannah said: “If you eliminated the one thing that probably more than anything currently holds many women back [from education, career or other pursuits] – constant child bearing – then the world would suddenly open to them in a way it never was before.”

Jon Cuccui speaks to BBC News about new vaccine technologies. Jon said: “We can go and target an organism and develop a prototype vaccine at a much faster rate than we could 10 to 20 years ago.”

Hannah Kuper talks to SciDev.net about the need to address disabilities in development research. Hannah said: “There has been little research to find out what works and doesn’t work when it comes to promoting inclusion for disabled people.”

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