Posted by: APO | 22 September 2011

MEDIA ALERT: Global health leaders to make major vaccine announcement (GAVI Alliance, PATH)



Global health leaders to make major vaccine announcement

On Tuesday 27 September, the GAVI Alliance will make a major announcement about vaccines to protect children in Africa and other developing countries against diarrhoea and pneumonia — the two biggest killers of children.

Funding for rotavirus vaccines in African countries, announced for the first time on Tuesday, in addition to the continuing rollout of pneumococcal vaccines across the developing world is expected to have a major impact on child mortality and the health of future generations.

GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) will name dozens of developing countries approved to receive funding and support to introduce vaccines against rotavirus, pneumococcal disease and other child killers.

The GAVI Alliance invites you to join an interactive webcast media briefing on Tuesday 27 September at 09:00 GMT (11:00am CET)

WHO: Seth Berkley MD, CEO, GAVI Alliance

            Dr. John Wecker, Director, Vaccine Access and Delivery, PATH

            Another TBA

WHEN: Tuesday, 27 September 2011

               09:00 GMT (11:00am CET) – Time Converter


Languages: English

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Media Contacts:

Dan Thomas, +41 22 909 6524 and +41 79 251 8581

Ariane Leroy, +41 22 909 6521

Technical Contact:

African Press Organization, +41 22 534 96 97

SOURCE: GAVI ALLIANCE (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation)

Find out more about rotavirus disease and the vaccine:

Find out more about GAVI and rotavirus vaccines:

We will also issue a press release on Tuesday 27 September. It will be posted at

We very much hope you will be able to cover the story and encourage you to join this webcast briefing.

The GAVI Alliance is a public-private global health partnership committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries. GAVI Alliance partners include developing country and donor governments, the World Health OrganisationUNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrialised and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.


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