WHO grants prequalification for Typhim Vi, a typhoid Vi polysaccharide vaccine

Sabin also announced that WHO granted prequalification for Typhim Vi, a typhoid Vi polysaccharide vaccine produced by Sanofi Pasteur. This is the first typhoid vaccine to be prequalified by the WHO, “allowing UNICEF, other UN agencies and the Pan American Health Organization Revolving Fund to procure the vaccine. WHO prequalification is also a prerequisite for GAVI Alliance support.” Sabin noted that with at least 200,000 deaths occurring worldwide from typhoid fever each year, and a further 16-33 million people falling ill, use of typhoid vaccines can contribute to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Dr. Shyam Raj Upreti, Director of the Child Health Division of the Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal, said, “WHO prequalification of a typhoid vaccine will accelerate the availability of this vaccine for children in Nepal and throughout Asia, where the burden of typhoid fever is highest.” http://sabin.org/news-resources/releases/2011/06/23/coalition-against-typhoid-applauds-world-health-organization-preq