HÀ NỘI - The Government should bar certain industries from exploiting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) lest they damage public health, health activists warned yesterday. The historic free trade agreement is set to create a freer flow of commerce and win-win trade among its members by establishing a level playing field for all parties and investors. Yet it might challenge the Government to implement measures to protect the public health when some industries, like tobacco and alcohol, take advantage of the TPP to expand their businesses, said Mary Sunta, a senior policy consultant of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance. She addressed the issue at a workshop on the impacts of TPP on public health held in Hà Nội yesterday. "As far as I am concerned, there are seven chapters in the TPP vulnerable to any challengers of the tobacco industry," Sunta said. Those chapters include provisions regarding tariff removal, which could result in lower cigarette prices and a cigarette … [Read more...] about Is TPP a public health threat?
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The Public Health Agency of Canada has revealed that Canada will offer an experimental Ebola vaccine to the African countries affected, with the hope that it will help contain the spread of the ongoing Ebola outbreak. Canada says between 800 and 1,000 doses of the vaccine, will be donated to the World Health Organization for use in West Africa. Manufactured in Canada, the experimental Ebola virus vaccine called VSV-EBOV has never been tested on humans, but has shown to be effective in the treatment of the disease in animals. The VSV-EBOV vaccine was developed at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Public Health Agency of Canada was also involved in the development of ZMapp, an experimental Ebola treatment that has already been used to treat two infected American aid workers. The Ebola epidemic, the world's largest and deadliest so far, has killed over 1,000 people with the vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone./. … [Read more...] about Canada offers experimental Ebola vaccine to Africa
Pregnant women are at a greater risk than the rest of the population of suffering serious complications from swine flu, Canadian health authorities warned. "Thankfully, the majority of A(H1N1) illness in Canada is mild, but we are seeing that some people, including pregnant women, are more susceptible to serious illness and complications," said Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq. Pregnant women who contract the flu virus strain run the risk of premature births and miscarriage, according to Chief Public Health Officer David Butler-Jones. Research suggests that pregnant women are not more susceptible to the A(H1N1) virus, but are at a greater risk of complications if they do get infected, Butler-Jones told reporters. He recommended that pregnant women take several precautions, ranging from following ordinary hygiene practices to "avoiding large crowds." Three pregnant women were among a group of six people who have been admitted to intensive care after contracting swine flu in one Canadian … [Read more...] about Canada warns pregnant women about swine flu risks
A new website, Evidence-Based Tuberculosis Diagnosis, has been launched that aims to provide the most comprehensive single source of evidence synthesis, policies, guidelines and research agendas on TB diagnosis. It is also a source for complete up-to-date information on the current TB diagnostics pipeline. Standard operating procedures and package inserts for several tests also are available. 'This is an essential resource for HIV implementers, activists and civil society alike that will keep them updated on the latest developments in TB diagnosis', says Alasdair Reid, HIV/TB Adviser at UNAIDS. 'Without a faster, simpler, more accurate TB test we will really struggle to stop people living with HIV from dying of TB'. The website has been established by the Stop TB Partnership's New Diagnostics Working Group in collaboration with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, the Global Laboratory Initiative and the … [Read more...] about New website launched to improve diagnosis of TB among people living with HIV
Vaccination remains an effective form of protection against the H1N1 virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said in response to a request from Vietnam for clarification on the safety of the vaccine. The WHO representative office in Vietnam and the National Steering Board for Human Flu Prevention released the statement December 9 after Vietnamese officials expressed concern over a bad batch of vaccine used in Canada. Earlier this year, WHO launched an initiative to ensure H1N1 vaccine access to several low- and middle-income countries. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) pledged 50 million doses in May 2009, of which Vietnam was set to receive 1.2 million, which would cover about 2 percent of its population. GSK signed a donation agreement with the WHO on November 10, 2009 to provide the vaccine, known as Arepanrix, to Vietnam. The WHO expected to ship the doses between December 9, 2009 and February 2010. Concern was raised, however, after higher-than-normal adverse effects were … [Read more...] about WHO reaffirms H1N1 vaccine saves lives