Topic: vaccines

Experiments with potential pandemic flu strains pose deadly risk

In the wake of the recent accidental exposure of at least 75 workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to anthrax, Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) [[Marc Lipsitch]] argues that experiments aimed at creating deadly pathogens—particularly those that could…

Talking the talk on vaccines

June 23, 2014 —  Recent disease outbreaks have been traced to deliberately unvaccinated Americans—and anti-vaccine sentiment is a serious health concern. Barry Bloom, an infectious diseases expert at Harvard School of Public Health, thinks health care providers need better strategies—based on solid…

Bird flu experiments pose risk of accidental release

Research in mammals that aims to prevent future influenza pandemics raises ethical, public health concerns For immediate release: May 20, 2014 Boston, MA — Experiments creating dangerous flu strains that are transmissible between mammals pose too great a risk to human life from…

Paving the way to the polio vaccine

The iron lung, invented by HSPH’s Philip Drinker in 1928, pulled thousands of polio sufferers back from the brink of death. But with polio still ravaging the world, scientists in the 1930s and 1940s were frantically working on a polio vaccine. The…

Polio

[Winter 2009] Remembering the late HSPH Nobel Laureate, Thomas Weller As the polio virus swept across the United States in 1948, 32-year-old Thomas Weller was logging long hours in a Harvard Medical School laboratory, working to develop a new way to culture…

Hope for a needle-free TB vaccine

[ Spring 2008 ] New "dry-spray" technology passes muster in guinea pigs Aiming to make immunization safer and more cost-effective for the developing world, Harvard School of Public Health Dean Barry R. Bloom and two bioengineers at Harvard, David Edwards and doctoral student Yun-Ling Wong, have…

The Eradicator: Donald Hopkins

August 2013 -- Donald Hopkins, MPH ’70, and currently a vice president at the Carter Center, has spent a career helping to eradicate two major tropical diseases. Beginning in the 1960s he helped lead efforts to vaccinate people in Africa and Asia…

Rethinking Research Biosafety for Potential Pandemic Pathogens

October 2012 -- Laboratory-modified, highly virulent strains of the H5N1 virus were recently developed in such a way that they can be passed from one mammal to another (ferrets), suggesting that the new and potentially dangerous strain might easily be transferrable between…