New vaccine launched in Haiti could save up to 270,000 children a year

Updated October 29, 2018 02:26 PM

Support for the vaccine is being provided by Gavi, a public-private international vaccine alliance that helps low-resource countries like Haiti access life-saving vaccinations. Gavi has committed $43 million to Haiti, and has called on Haiti’s leaders to increase spending on immunizations and health.

Haiti today has one of the lowest immunization rates — 60 percent — in the Western Hemisphere against childhood diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.

Among the vaccines Gavi has supported in Haiti: the one for rotavirus, to protect young children against the deadly form of diarrhea. It has also supported several cholera vaccine campaigns since the deadly waterborne virus was introduced by U.N. peacekeepers 10 months after the cataclysmic 2010 earthquake.


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