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First published Wednesday 25 May 2016.

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has now joined the fight, funding the next phase of the research – PneuCAPTIVE.

This study will continue to find out the causes of moderate or severe pneumonia and meningitis as well as the level of vaccine coverage in the community needed to have a herd immunity effect, that is, the minimum level of pneumococcal vaccine uptake needed to protect people who themselves are not vaccinated.

Papua New Guinea is one of three locations for the PneuCAPTIVE study along with Laos and Mongolia.