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Meningitis B vaccine deal agreed – Jeremy Hunt

All UK babies will soon have access to a vaccine against meningitis B, after a deal with drug manufacturers, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

The agreement with GlaxoSmithKline will mean the vaccine can be introduced on the NHS “this year”, Mr Hunt said. Government advisers said in 2014 that every child over two months old should be given the vaccine, but negotiations over costs have delayed this process. Mr Hunt said it was important to get value for money. Campaigners had warned the delays put children’s lives at risk.

The drug will now be added to the national childhood immunisation scheme, meaning babies will receive the first vaccine at two months old, followed by two further doses. Scotland’s health secretary, Shona Robison, said the vaccine would be provided to all infants in Scotland “as quickly as possible” following the deal – which was also made on behalf of the devolved government.

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