Pakistan is first South Asian country to launch vaccine against childhood pneumonia

Pakistan is first South Asian country to launch vaccine against childhood pneumonia
Joint WHO/UNICEF/GAVI Alliance media release

ISLAMABAD, 9 October 2012 – Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani, Minister of Inter-Provincial Coordination announced the introduction of a new vaccine to protect Pakistani children from pneumonia – a disease that takes the lives of approximately 1.3 million children globally before their fifth birthday. With this launch, Pakistan is the first country in South Asia to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine. “As the first country in South Asia to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine, Pakistan’s commitment to immunizing all children against vaccine preventable diseases is to be applauded,” said Dan Rohrmann, UNICEF Pakistan Country Representative. “We are proud to partner with the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to inoculate millions of children against a disease that continues to take too many lives.”

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