This Friday, an Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but this time emergency vaccines are ready to be deployed to stop the outbreak. Over the weekend, India also made a landmark vaccine introduction with the launch of the pneumococcal vaccine, which prevents causes of both pneumonia and meningitis. The disease is thought to kill more children under five years old in India than in any other country.
NPR went into detail about about why cholera is still a problem in lower income settings, and a UK journalist explored the role that women play in helping vaccines work against polio in Pakistan.
In the USA, media continued to unpick the possible reasons behind Minnesota’s ongoing measles outbreak, and in Washington DC politicians approved 2017 funding for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to continue supporting immunisation programmes around the world.
Bill Gates shared praise for Ethiopia’s community health worker scheme, which has helped expand care and vaccination in the country since 2000. Finally, the projected impact of rotavirus vaccines in Asia was discussed in relation to recent research, while a new study used Twitter to map vaccination coverage across USA and Australia.