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A new meningitis vaccine for Africa

A woman being vaccinated during a pilot campaign for the new meningococcal A conjugate vaccine, Burkina Faso.
WHO/R. Barry

African ministers of health inspired scientists to seek a new approach

Following the dramatic 1996-1997 epidemic, African ministers of health challenged international public health experts to find a means of preventing meningococcal A epidemics. WHO, PATH and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the development of a conjugate meningococcal vaccine for Africa. Scientists recognized an opportunity develop a new product that could significantly reduce the disease burden and ultimately eliminate epidemics.

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