In the wake of World Immunisation Week, JP Nadda, India’s Minister of Health and Family Welfare, wrote about the value of expanding immunisation for India’s children, as well as the recent progress made by their vaccination programme. His sentiments were echoed by two Indian paediatricians, who emphasised that the expansion of vaccine protection must continue in their country.
Elsewhere, Senegal took decisive action to counter their high rates of cervical cancer by announcing their introduction of the HPV vaccine. As Nigeria’s meningitis C outbreak continued, one academic commentator argued that joint efforts were needed to make a new, cheaper, more suitable vaccine. Meanwhile, vaccine advocates argued that investing domestic resources and leadership was the key ingredient for the success of routine immunisation programmes in poorer countries.
Scientists in the US shared the discovery of an antibody that could make finding an effective Zika vaccine easier, and vaccine lessons continued to be learned from the West African Ebola epidemic at a summit in Guinea.
Finally, May the 4th marked Star Wars Day, which provided the perfect excuse for sharing C3PO and R2D2’s pro vaccine pitch from the 1970s, and made sense of one journalist’s comparison of Chewbacca and vaccine supply chains.