Bill Gates names his vaccine heroes; Cyrus Poonawalla slashes price of polio immunization;

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> A study shows that the flu vaccine is not linked to fetal death. Story

> Measles deaths drop, but vaccine gaps in countries in Asia and Africa jeopardize progress toward eradication. News

> PaxVax, a contract vaccine manufacturer, has upgraded its San Diego facility to better produce its single-dose oral cholera vaccine. More

> Cyrus Poonawalla, the billionaire behind the Serum Institute of India, will slash the price of polio immunization and introduce shots for diarrhea and pneumonia, undercutting Pfizer ($PFE) and GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK). Article

> The contract vaccine manufacturing market will reach $620 million by 2015. Item

> NIH-developed dengue vaccine candidate shows promise. Release

And Finally... Bill Gates lists the 7 most influential vaccine heroes. Slideshow