Dear ROTA Council members, partners, and supporters:

Since our last update, two countries—India and Liberia—have begun phased introductions of rotavirus vaccines. India, home to a birth cohort of 27 million, delivered the first dose of its indigenously manufactured rotavirus vaccine in Odisha on March 26th. Four states have now introduced the vaccine: Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Andhra Pradesh. This introduction is a huge step towards closing the gap in rotavirus vaccine access in South and South East Asia.

In addition, the May 2016 Clinical Infectious Diseases rotavirus supplement has been published. Several ROTA Council members have authored articles in the supplement—you will see many of these in our March/April member publications list below. We have also highlighted recent publications on the economic burden of rotavirus diarrhea and the cost-effectiveness of rotavirus vaccines.

As always, if you have any information you’d like to share with the Council, please let us know and we will include it in the May/June update.

Best regards,

Mathuram Santosham
Chair, ROTA Council


 

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We regularly sends out Progress Updates on ROTA Council activities and events, country introduction updates, new research, and media coverage. If you have any information you’d like to share with the Council, please let us know and we will include it in the next update.