Developing countries roll out pneumococcal vaccine thanks to novel funding scheme

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 15 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7230
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Nicaragua has become the first of an expected 40 developing countries to include vaccination against pneumococcal disease in their routine childhood immunisation programmes.

All children under 12 months old will get the vaccine alongside Nicaragua’s current national immunisation scheme, while 1 year olds will receive one shot of the vaccine as part of a special campaign.

The vaccine has been made available through a funding mechanism devised by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (the GAVI Alliance), a public-private partnership set up in 2000 to accelerate the introduction …

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