Double celebration in Tanzania

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Dancers literally kick-off the celebrations, performing in front of a large crowd of health workers.

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The health workers, who have undergone special training required to protect and administer two vaccines simultaneously, join in the celebrations.

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A large group of dignitaries were also watching. Left to right: Dr. Seth Berkley CEO, GAVI Alliance; Alfonso Lennhardt, US Ambassador to Tanzania; Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, Minister of Health and Social Welfare; Salma Kikwete, First Lady of Tanzania; Dagfinn Hoybraten, GAVI Board Chair.

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The real stars were the babies - the first to receive pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines and the first Tanzanian children who won't need to fear the primary causes of pneumonia and rotavirus diarrhoea.

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Not forgetting the vaccines themselves: pneumococcal, which will protect children against the most prolific killer of under-fives in Tanzania.

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...and rotavirus, which offers protection from the main cause of fatal diarrhoea.

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Salma Kikwete, First Lady of Tanzania, administers the first dose of rotavirus vaccines to a Tanzanian baby, as Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, Minister of Health and Social Welfare watches.

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The rotavirus vaccine is administered orally by Dr Seth Berkley, GAVI CEO. Diarrhea is so common in Tanzania, there are dedicated pediatric wards for diarrhea patients.

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The pneumococcal vaccine was also administered to the waiting babies. Thanks to the Alliance's Advance Market Commitment (AMC), pneumococcal vaccine reached low-income countries just 18 months after being rolled out in developed countries.

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"Pneumococcal vaccines will be distributed in Tanzania thanks to the contribution of Italy," said Pierluigi Velardi, Italy's Ambassador to Tanzania, a leading creator and supporter of the pneumococcal AMC.

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"Honourable health workers - you are the true heroes of immunisation," said Dagfinn Hoybraten.

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"Vaccines are integral to preventing child deaths. The immunisation programme in Tanzania has been a model for all of Africa," said Alfonso Lennhardt, US Ambassador to Tanzania, seated next to Seth Berkley.

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The nationwide roll out of the two vaccines will start in January. Tanzania is the 12th GAVI-eligible country to introduce rotavirus vaccines into its national immunisation program.

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