This week, as it was announced that malaria vaccine pilot programmes have steered past final delays, Commonwealth countries pledged to inject £2.7 billion into the fight against malaria. Meanwhile, African experts warned that big changes are needed to eliminate the disease.
As they prepare to host Gavi’s mid-term review later this year, the United Arab Emirates this week fulfilled a $120 million pledge to eradicate polio. The disease was also in the news elsewhere, with the World Health Organization celebrating progress ahead of World Immunization Week, and Orin Levine making the case for the urgency of ending polio to also be applied to eliminating barriers to immunisation. Barriers that, as Gavi CEO Dr Seth Berkley proposed, a technological revolution in global health could help to solve, as seen in India.
In vaccine research, the latest study showed that the most advanced Ebola vaccine appeared to provide protection for two years, while another flagged the international challenges posed by yellow fever. As drug-resistant typhoid spread across Pakistan, doctors warned that the strain presents a global threat. Journals also analysed the possible impact pneumococcal vaccination in India and the life-saving changes achieved by rotavirus vaccination in Tanzania.