The Daily Dose: Some good news on the global health front

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The global effort to ensure adequate vaccinations soldiers on. A recent study by the U.S. CDC reports that “Global coverage with the third dose of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis-containing vaccine has not increased above 86% since 2010. Coverage varies across regions and countries, with lower coverage in lower-income countries.” They conclude that “Equitable access to immunization to achieve and sustain high coverage can be enhanced through financial and technical support for program strengthening and vaccine introductions in lower-income settings, community engagement to increase vaccination acceptance and demand, collection and use of vaccination data, and commitment to improving immunization services.”

The World Health Organization reported some very good news on World Polio Day. According to the international organization, “an independent commission of experts concluded that wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide. Following the eradication of smallpox and wild poliovirus type 2, this news represents a historic achievement for humanity.” The trick is building on vaccination trends and not falling back on complacency.

African Swine Fever continues to torment Asia. In particular, Vietnam has seen its pig population decimated. For a small country, they’ve reported over 6,000 outbreaks and have culled over three million pigs. That is the definition of bad news.

An editorial in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences makes the case that Institutional Review Boards (IRB) should actively be engaged and involved in open science initiatives. According to the author, “investigators who plan to use open science practices would benefit from IRB procedures, guidance, templates, and expertise that can clarify how to practice open science while remaining compliant with the Common Rule.” The editorial concludes that “Including IRBs in the movement toward open science will not only facilitate the ‘contribution of open science to producing better science’ but also maintain continued public trust in the research enterprise by protecting its most important stakeholders: the members of the public who participate in research.”

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