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UN and Partners Hail Launch of Life-Saving Pneumonia Vaccine in Pakistan

Source: UN News Center

10/09/2012

Pakistan has become the first country in South Asia to introduce a new vaccine to protect children from pneumonia. The government of Pakistan plans to inoculate millions of children against the disease, according to officials from UNICEF and the GAVI Alliance who note that the new pneumococcal vaccine has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives from preventable sickness and death. Statistics show that nearly 20 percent of the more than 352,000 deaths of children before age five in Pakistan last year were due to pneumonia. “We look forward to working in partnership with the government of Pakistan, UNICEF and the GAVI Alliance to deliver this life-saving vaccine to Pakistan’s children,” said Guido Sabatinelli, the World Health Organization representative in Pakistan. “We also hope that procurement procedures can be streamlined and be made more efficient so that life-saving vaccines make their way to the communities that need it most.”



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