Why I’m feeling more optimistic than ever about defeating rotavirus

Why I’m feeling more optimistic than ever about defeating rotavirus hrandall Wed, 03/29/2017 – 10:08 Mar 29, 2017 Jorge Flores Global Head of Clinical, Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access, PATH Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine published some encouraging new results from a rotavirus vaccine study in Niger. The new vaccine was found to be safe and effective in preventing severe rotavirus diarrhea while being transported and stored at ambient temperature, avoiding the challenging cold-chain requirements that apply to most other vaccines. This news, along with some milestones that may be reached later this year, could make 2017 a real turning point in the fight against this leading cause of severe diarrhea.   Although two globally available rotavirus vaccines have already been introduced into the national immunization programs of more than 80 countries, they remain out of reach for many children in the world’s poorest countries.

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Why I’m feeling more optimistic than ever about defeating rotavirus