The pneumococcal vaccines tailored for the needs of children in developing countries was introduced in Gambia in 2009
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Kenya, with the support of the GAVI Alliance is set to roll out pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) routinely throughout all health facilities with the aim of saving lives of thousands of infants from death and illness due to pneumococcal disease.
The ceremonial shots against pneumococcal diseases (mainly consisting of pneumonia and meningitis) took place on Monday February, 14 when Kenya marks the global roll-out of vaccines targeting world’s biggest killer of children - pneumonia.
“Introducing the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in developing countries is a critical step that can prevent millions of bouts of illness and countless deaths in children from the terrible disease that pneumonia is”, said Helen Evans, Interim CEO of GAVI Alliance at a global media briefing on Friday in Geneva.