In China, Vaccine Scandal Infuriates Parents and Tests Government

New York Times, July 23, 2018
by Javier C. Hernandez

BEIJING — Chinese parents were in an uproar on Monday after reports that hundreds of thousands of children might have been injected with faulty vaccines, the latest scandal to hit the nation’s troubled… Read More

U.S. succeeds in removing language in global declaration on TB drugs, upsetting patient advocates

STAT, July 23, 2018
by Ed Silverman

As talks wrap up at the United Nations over ways to address a global tuberculosis epidemic, the U.S. has succeeded in removing language from a policy document that patient advocacy groups claim will make… Read More

U.S. succeeds in removing language in global declaration on TB drugs, upsetting patient advocates

STAT, July 23, 2018
by Ed Silverman

As talks wrap up at the United Nations over ways to address a global tuberculosis epidemic, the U.S. has succeeded in removing language from a policy document that patient advocacy groups claim will make… Read More

Report Warns Of ‘Dangerous Complacency’ In The Fight Against HIV

NPR, July 19, 2018
by Susan Brink

In the early 2000s — the beginning of the third decade of the AIDS epidemic--the world came together in an unprecedented global health effort to provide life-saving AIDS drugs to people even in the… Read More

Louisiana’s New Approach To Treating Hepatitis C

NPR, July 19, 2018
by Alison Kodjak

Louisiana is working with Gilead Sciences and other companies on a deal that would change how the state pays for expensive hepatitis C drugs, with the goal of eliminating the disease in that state. Read More

Proof of Children’s Vaccinations? Italy Will Now Take Parents’ Word for It

New York Times, July 5, 2018
by Gaia Pianigiani

ROME — Italian parents will no longer have to provide state-run schools with a doctor’s note to show that their children have been vaccinated, the country’s new populist government announced… Read More

Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs

New York Times, June 18, 2018
by Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

[...] In this arid central African country, the long global struggle to eliminate a horrifying human parasite has encountered a serious setback: dogs. They are being infected with Guinea worms, and no… Read More

Study Aims To Show Transplants Between HIV-Positive Patients Are Safe, Save Lives

NPR, June 1, 2018
by Emily Forman

A large-scale clinical trial launched by the National Institutes of Health in May could pave the way for more HIV-positive patients with kidney disease to receive life-saving transplants. The trial, called… Read More

Experimental Ebola Vaccinations, Considered ‘Paradigm Shift,’ Begin In Congo

NPR, May 21, 2018
by Colin Dwyer

Health workers have unsheathed their experimental new weapon against the Ebola virus in the northwest reaches of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On Monday, the World Health Organization, together… Read More

Growing resistance to antifungal drugs ‘a global issue’

BBC News, May 18, 2018

Scientists are warning that levels of resistance to treatments for fungal infections are growing, which could lead to more outbreaks of disease. Intensive-care and transplant patients and those with cancer… Read More

UPCOMING! Annual Health Law Conference: Between Complacency & Panic

Northeastern University School of Law, April 14, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the event:  Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) such as Ebola and the Zika virus pose potentially grave threats to human health. They can also incite overreations that lead to the scapegoating… Read More

Lawmakers urge US Army not to issue exclusive license to Sanofi for a Zika vaccine

Stat, February 22, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

This article is behind a paywall. Read More

Vaccines and Airline Travel:

42 American Journal of Law and Medicine 543, (2016)
by Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract: This Article explores two ways in which airline travel is an important vector for the spread of infectious disease, and argues that airlines have market-based and liability-based reasons… Read More

The Summer Olympics And The Zika Virus — Is It Safe To Hold The Games In Brazil?

Greater Boston (WGBH), June 1, 2016
by Jim Braude, interviewing Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch

Olympic athletes going to Rio de Janeiro might come home with more than just a medal.  Some public health officials are concerned about athletes, tourists and members of the media getting bitten by… Read More

150 experts say Olympics must be moved or postponed because of Zika

Washington Post, May 27, 2016
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

More than 100 prominent physicians, bioethicists and scientists from around the world posted a letter Friday urging WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to exert pressure on Olympic authorities to move… Read More

Call for Papers: Tenth Annual Symposium on Health Law and Policy
Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola University

Deadline: May 31, 2016

The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Annals of Health Law invite original research paper submissions on innovations in life sciences and stakeholder… Read More

Research Project Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Deadline: July 29, 2016

General DescriptionThe Research Project Coordinator will provide research and administrative assistance for two grant-funded projects at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.  The first… Read More

Prizing Insurance: Prescription Drug Insurance as Innovation Incentive,

Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 30, No. 1 (forthcoming)
by Rachel E. Sachs

Abstract:  A problem perennially facing scholars of both intellectual property and health law is the need to incentivize appropriately the development of new pharmaceuticals. Although physicians have… Read More

Funding Opportunity: Ethical Issues in Research on HIV/AIDS and its Co-Morbidities
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Deadline: January 07, 2016

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health is issuing a program announcement for grants on Ethical Issues in Research on HIV/AIDS and Its Co-Morbidities. … Read More

Identified Versus Statistical Lives - Book talk and discussion

Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Building 1, room 1208, Thursday, May 7, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
by Featuring co-editors I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Nir Eyal, and Norman Daniels

The essays in Identified versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Approach address the identified lives effect, namely, the greater human proclivity to assist persons and groups identified as at… Read More

Petrie-Flom Event Review: An opening for measles

Harvard Gazette, February 27, 2015
by Colleen Walsh

[...] The recent California outbreak has reignited debates about balancing the public welfare while safeguarding civil liberties. A panel of experts convened atHarvard Law School on Wednesday to discuss… Read More

Petrie-Flom Event Review:

Harvard Crimson, February 26, 2015
by Gabrielle M. Williams

There is a delicate balance between preserving individual rights and protecting public health when it comes to vaccines, experts argued at a panel discussion at Harvard Law School on Wednesday. [...] Panel… Read More

Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs Guest Lecturing in Reading Group at Harvard Law School

Petrie-Flom Center, January 22, 2015

Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Rachel E. Sachs will be a regular guest lecturer in a reading group at Harvard Law School, co-taught by with Professors Terry Fisher and Mark Wu in Spring 2015,… Read More

I. Glenn Cohen discusses the Ebola crisis

America's Forum, NewsMax TV, December 23, 2014

Harvard Law professor and medical ethics expert talks about how the Ebola crisis is just one example of how Americans and other travelers are at risk for deadly disease when they visit other countries. Read More