Inching Toward Zero

For the 1st time ever, measles deaths have dropped below 100,000 a year, according to a study by the Measles and Rubella Initiative. Mass measles vaccination campaigns have saved an estimated 20.4 million lives since 2000.
But since 2009, the number of those receiving the 1st vaccine dose has lingered at 85%; 95% coverage would be sufficient to stop infection. 20.8 million children haven’t received their 1st dose.
Those considerable dosage gaps are largely confined to 6 countries. Nigeria has the most unvaccinated children at 3.3 million, followed by India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of the Congo.
UN News Centre

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