Judging from a recent slew of national announcements and media coverage, it sure looks like 2011 is going to be an exciting year for pneumococcal vaccine access. In the past 2 weeks, I’ve gotten emails and read articles from literally every corner of the world in which people are getting ready to introduce pneumococcal vaccines.

First, it was an email from a former colleague at IVAC who is now working in Mali and reported that the government has started training field workers to deliver pneumococcal conjugate vaccine beginning this year. Then it was an email about efforts to publicize the launch of the vaccine in Sierra Leone and an email from a colleague in Kenya where they had just started vaccinating at his local clinic.

Below is a really nice profile by the Baltimore Sun of our work at IVAC with kind words of recognition from our colleagues at the GAVI Alliance & a few relevant press announcements from newly introducing countries from Pakistan to Qatar to Chile & New Zealand.

Baltimore center leads fight to provide vaccines to world's children
IVAC hopes to save the lives of 5 million children over next 20 years. By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun, January 21, 2011. http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-gl-goodworks-ivac-20110120,0,7297449.story

Introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in routine immunization endorsed (Pakistan) http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=27051&Cat=6&dt=1/22/2011

Vaccine to reduce mortality among kids

Chile, NZ to use GSK pneumococcal vaccine