Pakistan is first South Asian country to launch vaccine against childhood pneumonia
Millions of infants to receive the life-saving pneumococcal vaccine
Islamabad, 9 October 2012 — Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani, Minister, Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) has announced today the introduction of a new vaccine to protect Pakistani children from pneumonia – a disease that takes the lives of approximately 1.3 million children globally before their fifth birthday. With this launch, Pakistan is the first country in South Asia to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine. More on gavialliance.org
Islamabad, Pakistan, October 9 2012 (GAVI HANDOUT/ SEE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AT END OF SHOTLIST)
-Wide view of audience attending the official launch ceremony for the pneumococcal vaccine in Pakistan
-SOUNDBITE 1: Dan Rohrmann, Representative, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Pakistan (English, 9 secs)
“Where there is a will, there is a way. And by investing in children, we invest in the future of Pakistan.”
-SOUNDBITE 2: Helen Evans, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, GAVI Alliance (English 24 secs)
“Vaccines provide one of the most cost-effective investments any country can make in their children’s health and well-being, and consequently in the development and well-being of the country as a whole. So I want to thank you once again for being here in this celebration and for your commitment to our common cause, which is saving children’s lives. Thank you.”
-SOUNDBITE 3: Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Minister, Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) saying (English, 36 secs)
“I declare the inclusion of pneumococcal vaccine into the national immunisation schedule and urge all immunisation service providers and health professionals to ensure that each newborn is vaccinated not only against pneumonia, but also against other childhood diseases. In partnership, let us complete what we have begun today.”
-Small ceremony, participants receive plaques commemorating the launch ceremony
-wide of officials
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