Dear Colleagues,

Next week is the International Rotavirus Symposium in Minsk, Belarus. There will be much to digest and discuss. Since the 2016 Symposium in Australia, dozens of new publications and reviews have described how rotavirus vaccines are saving lives and preventing serious illness around the world.

Most recently, a major new study published results showing that rotavirus vaccination reduced infant diarrhea deaths by one-third in rural Malawi, a region with high levels of child deaths.

Yet the majority of infants worldwide still live in countries or states that have yet to introduce the vaccine. While there has been much progress made in introducing rotavirus vaccines in low-income countries, many middle-income countries have yet to introduce the vaccines. We need to protect all children.

Mathu Santosham

Chair, ROTA Council

In this Issue

  • Important Updates
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  • New Research
  • Recent Media
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The ROTA Council was created in collaboration with an advisory group of 24 child health leaders from around the world. We promote the use of rotavirus vaccines as part of a comprehensive approach to addressing diarrheal disease.

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