Okonjo – Iweala shared her personal experience while making the announcement in Vientiane, Laos.
The former Minister of Finance said,
“Typhoid fever imposes a dramatic burden on children in the poorest nations, affecting countries, communities and families.
“This disease has long been eliminated from most industrialised nations , but it is still a serious threat in developing countries where the vast majority of deaths occur.
“I lost my cousin and nearly lost my son because of typhoid. This vaccine will be a lifesaver for millions of children, especially those living without access to clean water or sanitation.”