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Today's New York Times features efforts to introduce pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in developing countries, where it has the potential to combat life-threatening respiratory disease. Importantly, the article notes progress in putting together the pledges for a pilot application of the Advance Market Commitment to stimulate development and manufacture of pneumo vaccine that would be appropriate for use in African and Asian countries: $1 billion of the estimated $1.5 billion required, with the notable absence to date of pledges from the US and France.

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