This week saw the world’s first malaria vaccine claim the limelight once again, as global health and financing organisations announced plans to conduct pilot studies to see how the vaccine would work in practice. These are set to take place in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018.

The ongoing challenges of gaining high global vaccine coverage to eliminate measles was tackled in The Lancet after new figures showing a slowdown in progress against the disease. Meanwhile, vaccination received praise in a mixed assessment of the complexities of UK aid.

Finally, a series of childhood and health-themed international days generated lively conversation touching on vaccination across news and social media, including a Twitter chat on World Prematurity Day and some amusing antics on World Toilet Day.