An Affordable Pneumonia Vaccine at Last

A new, more affordable pneumonia vaccine is high on the agenda at the inaugural Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia in Barcelona this week.

Prohibitive costs mean 55 million children remain unvaccinated, many of them in middle-income countries that don’t get cut-rate vaccine prices but still can’t afford the widely varied corporate price tags.

The Serum Institute says the new vaccine will cost middle-income countries no more than $11 per child.

The new vaccine could save many lives from the top childhood killer—and improving access in middle-income countries should be a central focus, says Médecins Sans Frontières.

Redoubling efforts to fight pneumonia could prevent some 9 million deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University analysis, UNICEF reports.

Another priority: Tackling root causes like outdoor air pollution, which contributes to 1 in 5 pneumonia deaths among under-5s.

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