President Obama to propose $45 million increase to protect global health


TweetPresident Obama will propose an additional $45 million in his 2015 budget to improve global health, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said on Thursday. Sebelius made the remarks during a discussion about the Global Health Security … Read More »

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VTEU awarded nine contracts from NIAID worth $945 million


TweetThe Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units, a nationwide group of institutions that test candidate vaccines and therapies against infectious diseases, was recently awarded nine contracts for expansion, valued at $945 million. The contracts were awarded for the development of a … Read More »

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Kerry announces U.S. to hold Global Fund replenishment conference


TweetSecretary of State John Kerry announced on Wednesday that the United States will host the Global Fund’s Fourth Replenishment Conference. The conference, which is slated to be held in Washington D.C. in early December, is convened once every three years … Read More »

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Menendez and Corker introduce bill to strengthen PEPFAR

Robert Menendez

Tweet Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) introduced new legislation on Wednesday to extend critical authorities and strengthen oversight of The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Since it was passed in 2003, PEPFAR has helped approximately six … Read More »

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HHS issues grants to improve preparedness


TweetThe Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $916 million to improve health outcomes for public health threats throughout the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Wednesday. HHS will strengthen preparedness for various public … Read More »

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$100 million bipartisan flu vaccine tax bill approved


Tweet The U.S. House of Representatives approved the $100 million bipartisan flu tax bill, H.R. 475, on Tuesday with a 394-27 vote, which placed the influenza vaccine on the list of taxable vaccines. The passing of the bill will not … Read More »

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: California must reconsider its insurance standard benefit design

Mark Velleca

Tweet California must reconsider its current insurance standard benefit design because of the potential negative impact on specialty medication users like cancer patients, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society said on Monday. Mark Velleca, LLS’s chief policy and advocacy officer, said … Read More »

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Obama’s 2014 budget seeks to improve economy and provide HIV treatment

Barack Obama

Tweet President Barack Obama recently released the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget, which includes plans to boost the economy by strengthening the middle class and investments in prevention programs for HIV/AIDS. The budget plan details a balanced way to decrease the … Read More »

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U.S. budget cuts could impact drug development for TB, HIV/AIDS

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U.S. releases stricter research rules for dangerous pathogens

Missouri Senate approves stricter TB bill

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House subcommittee discusses flu season with health agency heads

Obama administration re-establishes public health advisory group

Approval of medication with animal rule causing confusion

Vermont health department provides $45,000 grant for Twin States Network

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Federal government contends with flu vaccine shortages

Delaware Supreme Court hears arguments related to SIGA, PharmAthene litigation

West Virginia senators announce federal funding for state immunization program

Seasonal vaccine subject to tax

NIH appoints Nakamura to CSR director position

Senate holds fungal meningitis hearing

Health officials warn that next few years critical in TB fight

HHS awards $25 billion against avian influenza

Affordable Care Act to help fight infectious diseases across the country