Dear ROTA Council members, partners, and supporters,

It’s a happy new year for mothers and babies in Lahore, where leaders of Pakistan’s Punjab region provided the first doses of rotavirus vaccine as part of one of Asia’s largest introductions to date.

Late last year, Ireland introduced rotavirus vaccine for children, joining a club of 17 countries in the European region. About 33% of countries in this region have introduced the vaccine, compared with 54% in the Americas and 64% of countries in the African region. Council members are reviewing the evidence for introduction at meetings in these and other regions in the coming months (see below).

Let us know what else you’re planning in 2017 to advance the science and expand access to rotavirus vaccines for all children.


Mathuram Santosham
Chair, ROTA Council


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