This week in vaccines

27th March 2016

There were no shortage of vaccine launches this week, as Kyrgyzstan launched pneumococcal vaccine and South Sudan started a campaign to immunise people against meningitis A. Meanwhile, the achievements of meningitis A vaccine elsewhere on the continent were still being celebrated.

On Thursday, World Tuberculosis Day prompted calls for a new, better vaccine, and rubella was explored for what it could teach us about the future of the Zika epidemic. 

The Ebola outbreak is still casting a long shadow, and this week a photo story looked back on the role of vaccination in Sierra Leone’s recovery efforts. 

There was also big news from Rwanda as global partners launched a training programme for immunisation managers across East Africa, while in India Odisha state began to roll out rotavirus vaccine, which protects against the diarrhoeal diseases that still kill many children under 5 in the country.