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A vital vaccine to prevent infection by bacteria that causes pneumonia will be made in South Africa following a partnership launched by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor between the government, Pfizer and the Biovac Institute. Prevenar 13 prevents pneumococcal infection.
South Africa will become the first African country to freely distribute a pneumococcal vaccine amongst its children - the main victims of deadly pneumococcal diseases such as meningitis and pneumonia.
The Department of Health is to introduce two additional vaccines to reduce cases of pneumonia and diarrhoea, two major causes of death among South African children.