Governments refuse to fund meningococcal B vaccine

Daily Telegraph

4 August 2019 - Federal and state governments are refusing to fund the meningococcal B vaccine while the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee rules it would only “save nine lives” and was not worth the $400 million cost.

Federal Health minister Greg Hunt and his NSW counterpart Brad Hazzard said yesterday uncertainty about the B-strain vaccine Bexsero’s effectiveness has prevented it from being added to the National Immunisation Program.

The B strain has caused the most cases of the infection among babies, children and teenagers in NSW.

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