Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vac...

Washington lawmakers weigh vaccine bill amid outbreak

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Amid a measles outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in the Pacific Northwest, Washington lawmakers heard testimony Friday on a bill that would remove parents' ability t...

China says tests on plasma products negative for HIV

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese investigators say tests on a batch of a plasma product feared to have been contaminated with HIV have turned up negative for the virus that causes AIDS. The re...

Northwest US measles cases prompt look at vaccine exemptions

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called personal belief exemptions to childhood vaccinations. At least 43 people ...

Taiwan CDC: 7 new deaths as a result of flu infections

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced today seven more people have died this season due to flu-related complications. One of the seven was a four-year-old girl wh...

China seeking vaccine for African swine fever

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chinese authorities say they are seeking to develop a vaccine for African swine fever. Reuters reported on Jan. 18 that the country’s Ministry of Science and Tech...

Riot breaks out in E. China over expired vaccines, Taiwan offers to help

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A riot broke out in eastern China on Friday (Jan. 11) after news broke that at least 145 children had been sickened by expired vaccines, and in response, the Taiwan's gover...

US flu season appears milder, one year after brutal one

NEW YORK (AP) — It's early, but officials say the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter's unusually brutal one. In most parts of the country right now, the ...

China is worst stock market of 2018

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Over the past year, the Shanghai Composite Index lost a quarter of its value, making it the worst-performing stock market in the world, Bloomberg reported Friday. The trade w...

GSK, Pfizer to merge their healthcare divisions

LONDON (AP) — Drugmakers GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer are merging their healthcare divisions, creating a business with combined sales of 9.8 billion pounds ($12.7 billion). British-bas...

Taiwan government to roll out free HPV vaccinations from the end of this year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The government is to roll out free HPV vaccinations for girls in junior high school from the end of this year. According to a report from CNA, the national health servi...

Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to th...

Taiwan reports second anomaly in flu vaccines in one week

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An anomaly has been found in an influenza vaccine produced by Adimmune Corporation (國光生技) for children, the second case about problematic flu shots being administered in T...

Activists demand closure of Puerto Rico zoo after deaths

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Animal rights activists are demanding that Puerto Rico permanently close its only zoo following reports of deaths and improper care. The Animal Legal Def...

Taiwan halts use of Vaxigrip flu vaccines over safety concerns

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have decided to halt the use of Vaxigrip (巴斯德) influenza vaccines as part of its free public immunization progra...