June 12 – 17, 2022
A vaccine against Group B Streptococcus (GBS), utilized in a maternal immunization strategy to reduce the burden of GBS mortality and morbidity in infants, has potential for use all over the world, but would have the greatest impact in low-resource countries that have limited access to interventions. Currently there is no vaccine against GBS. The Biovac Institute (Biovac), a private public partnership in South Africa, is developing a pentavalent, polysaccharide-protein conjugate vaccine (PCV) against GBS — using state-of-the-art technology and targeting the most common strains.
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Matthew Williams, Ebrahim Mohamed, Patrick Tippoo, and Seanette Wilson, "Development of a pentavalent Group B Streptococcus (GBS) glycoconjugate vaccine in Africa" in "Vaccine Technology VIII", Tarit Mukhopadhyay, Merck Research Laboratories, USA; Charles Lutsch, Sanofi Pasteur, France; Linda Hwee-Lin Lua, University of Queensland, Australia; Francesc Godia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2022). https://dc.engconfintl.org/vaccine_viii/39