This week in vaccines
8th March 2016
In the wake of World Immunisation Week, 155 countries completed the polio vaccine switch within the two week time frame, bringing the world even closer to eradicating the disease. Dr. Orin Levine continued the week’s innovation conversation with an overview of tactics that can help vaccines work all year round.
Experts explored how vaccines are starting to spell the end for meningitis, after the success of MenAfriVac – a shot made specifically for Africa against meningitis A. Researchers also outlined the need for greater knowledge on helping vaccines jump from development to routine use in poorer countries, which MenAfriVac is also facing.
Leading voices from the world of global health discussed the importance of engaging religious leaders to support key interventions such as HPV vaccines and reduce harmful cultural practices against women.
The yellow fever outbreak in Angola continued to spread, with questions being asked about why more vaccines aren’t currently available.
And it was that time of year again – May the 4th is Star Wars Day, the perfect opportunity to remind the world of how clever droids C3PO and R2D2 feel about immunisation.