The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared over this week, but CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Dr. Seth Berkley reminded us that the work must continue to contain potential pandemics.
Dr. Berkley also visited Papua New Guinea, and urged the government to do more to strengthen the immunisation programme following the outbreak of polio in the country. On a more positive note, a study has found that a fractional dose inactivated polio vaccine could be effective in stopping such outbreaks.
Following the release of WHO and UNICEF’s annual immunisation coverage estimates last week, an analysis by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, showed that children in fragile states are missing out on life-saving vaccines. Meanwhile, Gavi’s Pascal Barollier explained the role that immunisation can play in helping refugees to rebuild their lives.
Nigeria announced plans to introduce the rotavirus vaccine, which is expected to avert 160,000 child deaths every year, whilst the UK government took the long-expected decision to extend HPV vaccination to boys.