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.
- 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.