Good Day BIO: Biotech is helping to conserve biodiversity
May 23, 2022
Yesterday was World Biodiversity Day—and we take a look at how biotech may help us achieve many of our biodiversity goals. Plus, routine vaccinations are down, measles cases are up—and an emerging cases of a long-forgotten disease are reminding us of the importance of…
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May 23, 2022
Yesterday was World Biodiversity Day—and we take a look at how biotech may help us achieve many of our biodiversity goals. Plus, routine vaccinations are down, measles cases are up—and an emerging cases of a long-forgotten disease are reminding us of the importance of catching up on shots. (498 words, 2 minutes, 29 seconds)
Biodiversity? We've got biotech for that.
We celebrated World Biodiversity Day yesterday—a day to raise awareness of the urgent need to conserve biodiversity, and the ways in which biotechnology is already helping.
During the 2020-2021 school year, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), DTaP, and Varicella vaccinations among kindergarten children dropped “about 1% from the previous year—that amounts to 35,000 more children without vaccination documents,” according to the CDC.
While flu vaccine demand was up in 2020, uptake was lower among low-income groups and minority communities, showing the importance of communication and health literacy partnerships.
The context: Everyone’s talking about monkeypox cases in the U.S. and Europe—which could be a result of “the halt in routine smallpox vaccinations decades ago,” Newsweek reports. “The smallpox vaccine also protected against monkeypox.”
Learn more: The CDC and Vaccinate Your Family have developed resources including vaccination schedules, safety information, and more.
More Health Care News:
Endpoints News: As monkeypox quickly spreads, a handful of biotechs spring to action “The good news is we have a vaccine.”
BIO Beltway Report
President Biden’s Monday: In Tokyo, he held a press conference this morning with Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, which BIO supports.
What’s Happening on Capitol Hill: We’re expecting things to be pretty quiet between now and Memorial Day, but we’ll keep an eye out for news.
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