Although rotavirus infections are common globally, they are particularly deadly to those living in poorer countries due to insufficient medical care and inability to get the child on a rehydration regiment in time. The new Rotavirus Vaccine protects against multiple, fast mutating strains of rotavirus alleviating the need for many different reformulations and boosters.
This effort follows the December 2010 pneumococcus vaccine effort, and now has been expanded to 19/37 developing countries. GAVI's new programs now target the two largest killers of children worldwide and will hopefully reduce the high mortality rates of these diseases in developing countries.
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