News from IVAC

June 2019

IVAC-led PERCH study reveals viruses as new leading cause of global childhood pneumonia

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other viruses now appear to be the main causes of severe childhood pneumonia in low- and middle-income countries, highlighting the need for vaccines against these pathogens, according to a study from a consortium of scientists from around the world led by the International Vaccine Access Center in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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April 2019

Life-course immunization: Building the consensus for adult vaccination

By Lois Privor-Dumm Vaccines are an essential part of the care of babies and children, offering protection from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pneumonia, and polio, diseases that once harmed or killed thousands of U.S. children every year and that still kill thousands around the world. Sometimes forgotten is that adults can also benefit from vaccines. […]

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February 2019

Dr. Naor Bar-Zeev appointed as the new deputy director of IVAC

The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) is pleased to announce that Naor Bar-Zeev, MBBS(Hons), MPH, MBiostat, PhD, has been appointed as the new deputy director of IVAC. Naor joined the IVAC team in 2017 as an Associate Professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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December 2018

Beating the world’s deadliest disease against all odds

When it comes to stopping childhood pneumonia, the odds are stacked against the poor and vulnerable; but vaccines can give them a fighting chance. In 2009, approximately 3,400 children died of pneumonia every day. Now, with investments in pneumonia prevention and treatment – including the introduction and scale up of two vaccines to prevent the most common causes of pneumonia death, Haemophilus influenzae type b and pneumococcus – that number has fallen to 1,000.

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