Fears provoked by the anti-vaccination movement may appear exaggerated if we consider that, worldwide, the vast majority of people believe that vaccines are safe and effective (79 percent and 84 percent, respectively, according to the World Health Organization). Yet a small number of unvaccinated people is enough to threaten the immunity of the population.
Worldwide, measles cases are increasing, a disease that has a vaccine but can be deadly or cause serious harm to children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The reported cases of the disease have jumped nearly three times in the last one year.
Their total number for 2019 is 365,000, the highest since 2006, but experts suspect millions are actually infected.
Scientists are working hard on a vaccine against the African swine fever because of the outbreak of the virus in Asia, according to the Associated Press quoted by BTA.
Farmers have delayed the spread of the virus for a long time by quarantine and killing the infected animals. However, the devastating onset of the disease in East Asia is intensifying and requires another solution.
Experiments with monkeys have given encouraging results, writes NOVA TV.
A new HIV vaccine launches tests on people, hoping to find a cure for the disease, write Daily Old and Daily News.
Since nearly 40 years ago the AIDS epidemic has started, only four vaccines have reached the stage of being tested on humans. None of them proved effective.
Public distrust of vaccines means that the world is taking a step backwards in the fight against lethal but preventable diseases, said experts quoted by the BBC and the Bulgarian National Radio.
The largest global survey of attitudes to immunisation indicates that confidence in the vaccines is low in some regions.