A new vaccine against pneumonia introduced in Africa can save lives across the globe. Nearly half a million deaths in the world is due to pneumonia, reports BBC. The Gavi Alliance, a global health partnership of public and private sectors for immunisation, says 19 countries will first introduce the vaccine.
Gavi said it needs an extra 500m pounds (800m dollars) annually for the next five years to meet a shortfall in immunization for existing and new vaccines.
The pneumococcal vaccine costs 2.20 pounds (3.50 dollars) in Africa compared to 38 pounds in Europe as a result of a deal between Gavi and two manufacturers: Pfizer and GSK.
The roll-out in the developing world comes just a year after the same vaccine was introduced in the United States. The vaccine is said to be technically most sophisticated. It takes around a year to produce the vaccine.
Every year diarrhoea and pneumonia claims around a third of deaths of kids. Introduction of such a vaccine should help in saving many lives.