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FDA Advisory Committee Recommends US Approval of Rotavirus Vaccine
Date:2/20/2008

usion of rotavirus vaccination into the national immunization programs of countries where clinical trials have shown rotavirus vaccines to be safe and effective. In January 2007, the WHO granted "prequalification" to Rotarix(R), allowing it to be purchased through United Nations procurement systems.

Because rotavirus vaccines represent the best hope to save thousands of children's lives in poor countries, PATH's Rotavirus Vaccine Program is working in partnership with Merck and GSK to conduct large-scale clinical trials of their vaccines in Africa and Asia. These data will provide valuable information for developing countries considering the use of rotavirus vaccines to reduce rotavirus mortality.

PATH is an international nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health. By collaborating with diverse public- and private-sector partners, PATH helps provide appropriate health technologies and vital strategies that change the way people think and act. PATH's work improves global health and well-being. For more information, please visit http://www.path.org.

The PATH Rotavirus Vaccine Program is working with the GAVI Alliance, the World Health Organization, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help countries make informed decisions about the use of rotavirus vaccines, and to access and afford the currently licensed vaccines.

Contact: Eileen Quinn, 202-631-9294

equinn@path.org

Deborah Phillips, 206-788-2449

dphillips@path.org


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