Humanitarian mechanism to vaccinate refugees on Greek islands

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Humanitarian mechanism to vaccinate refugees on Greek islands

Author: infomigrants.net | 16 April 2019

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) used a "humanitarian mechanism" for the first time ever in Europe to vaccinate refugee children on the Greek islands. The procedure provides a vaccine against pneumonia at a reduced price, in this case nine euros per child, rather than the hundreds of dollars it can normally cost.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said in a statement that it has started vaccinating refugee children on the Greek islands of Lesbos, Samos, and Chios, using a programme set up to allow children in humanitarian emergencies to access the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) at an affordable price. It said this marks the first time the "humanitarian mechanism" has been used in a high-income country. The programme offers the vaccine at a special reduced price of about nine US dollars per child (for the three doses needed for full immunization) for humanitarian use by civil society organizations and UN agencies. Read more>>>