Immunization’s ‘Menu of Neglect’

These days “vaccine” means “COVID vaccine,” but World Immunization Week is reminding us how many routine life-saving interventions have been lost to the pandemic.  

Global Take:

  • 228 million people—mostly children—at risk for diseases such as measles, yellow fever, and polio because of disruptions in immunization campaigns, UNICEF reports

  • While things have recovered somewhat since 2020, more than a third of countries surveyed by the WHO still report disruptions.

  • Amid gaps in vaccination coverage, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, and Yemen have all reported serious measles outbreaks recently, 

Taking Action: The Immunization Agenda 2030, launched by WHO, UNICEF, Gavi, and other partners lays out an ambitious new global strategy that aims to save over 50 million lives through vaccination—75% of them in low- and lower-middle income countries.
First though, countries and global health leaders must commit to the plan and make the necessary investment to put it into action.

Learn More: Scroll down to register for a panel discussion focused on the Immunization Agenda 2030.

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