"The Department of Health's own studies show meningitis is the disease most feared by parents. It's one of the few illnesses in modern Britain that can kill or seriously maim a healthy child within hours of the first symptoms.
"With the UK Government committed to reducing child deaths, it's inconceivable that a MenB vaccine should be licensed yet go unused in the UK.
"Prevention has to be the best option, that's why we have invested over £17m in vital research. But now the UK has the chance to save over a thousand people every year from the devastation of MenB.
"Surely we should be seizing it and taking that all-important step towards a world free from meningitis and septicaemia."
More top news
Mainly dry until later on Wednesday. A cooler, showery and blustery end to May
Mainly dry. Light rain out of thicker cloud over hills. Breezy at times and cooler than average
A look ahead at the forecast for the Border region.