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Advocate Aurora Health defends COVID-19 vaccine security after ‘bad actor’ spoils doses

Advocate Aurora Health officials said Thursday they are still confident in the system’s security protocols despite an employee intentionally removing 570 doses of coronavirus vaccine from refrigerated storage over the weekend, saying the act was the result of a “bad actor” and not “bad processes.”

A worker at Aurora Medical Center-Grafton in Wisconsin admitted to removing 57 vials, which each contain approximately 10 doses of the Moderna vaccine, from freezers three times between Dec. 24 and Dec. 26. The employee, who has not yet been identified, returned the vials into storage each time and has been fired. Local and federal authorities are investigating the incident.

Some of those doses were used to vaccinate 57 front-line healthcare workers on Dec. 27. Aurora Health Care Medical Group President Dr. Jeff Bahr said those workers have been notified that the incidents may have spoiled their doses.

The discarded vials will likely delay vaccination

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Traditional Ghanaian medicines show promise against tropical diseases

The discovery of new drugs is vital to achieving the eradication of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa and around the world. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have identified traditional Ghanaian medicines which work in the lab against schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis, three diseases endemic to Ghana.

The major intervention for NTDs in Ghana is currently mass drug administration of a few repeatedly recycled drugs, which can lead to reduced efficacy and the emergence of drug resistance. Chronic infections of schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis and can be fatal. Schistosomiasis is caused by the blood flukes Schistosome haematobium and S. mansoni. Onchocerciasis, or river blindness, is caused by the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus. Lymphatic filariasis, also called elephantiasis, is caused by the parasitic filarial worm Wuchereria bancrofti.

In the new work, Dorcas Osei-Safo of the University of Ghana, and colleagues obtained—from the Ghana Federation

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