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Children In South Sudanese Refugee Camps ‘Dying Needlessly’ Due To Vaccine Delays, MSF Warns

“Many children living in South Sudanese refugee camps have died needlessly because of bureaucratic delays rolling out new vaccines, the medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Thursday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “MSF said it had taken 11 months to procure affordable drugs to vaccinate children against pneumonia in Yida refugee camp in South Sudan due to bureaucratic and legal red tape,” the news service writes (Migiro, 8/8). “New vaccines have been introduced in poor countries with support from the [GAVI Alliance],” MSF notes in a press release. However, “GAVI does not cover vaccination in refugee and crisis-affected populations, leaving major needs unmet,” the press release adds (8/8). “MSF was eventually able to obtain the vaccine from GSK at a reduced price,” the organization notes in an article on its webpage, adding, “The delays have now pushed the planned vaccination campaign into the rainy season, complicating the logistics” (8/8).