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Gavi Calls For Coverage Of 3rd Dose Of PCV To Be Included As Vaccine Indicator For SDGs

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance: Pneumonia vaccine saves 500,000 lives in world’s poorest countries
“The rollout of pneumonia vaccine has prevented the deaths of over half a million children in developing countries over the past decade, Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said [Sunday]. … This week in Bahrain global health experts are set to agree on the final vaccine indicators for the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], setting the framework for global immunization efforts until 2030. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is calling for coverage of the third dose of [pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)], among other vital vaccines, to be included as an indicator to ensure the global health community does not lose focus on expanding access to this lifesaving vaccine” (11/12).

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