Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

14 January 2019

Ten health issues WHO will tackle this year

An emergency health-care worker, dressed ina abio-hazard suit, sits in teh front of an ambulance
WHO/Samuel Aranda

The world is facing multiple health challenges from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria to increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens and multiple humanitarian crises.

To address these threats, 2019 sees the start of WHO’s new 5-year strategic plan that focuses on a triple billion target: ensuring 1 billion more people benefit from access to universal health coverage, 1 billion more people are protected from health emergencies and 1 billion more people enjoy better health and well-being.

4 January 2019

Pakistan and Afghanistan: the final wild poliovirus bastion

The WHO Director-General looks on as an infant is vaccinated against polio in Pakistan

As recently as 30 years ago, wild poliovirus paralysed more than 350 000 children in more than 125 countries every year.

Today, the virus has been beaten back to less than 30 reported cases in 2018 in just two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan – and the world stands on the cusp of an unprecedented public health success: the global eradication of a human disease for only the second time in history.

29 November 2018

Measles cases spike globally due to gaps in vaccination coverage

Reported measles cases spiked in 2017, as multiple countries experienced severe and protracted outbreaks of the disease. Because of gaps in vaccination coverage, measles outbreaks occurred in all regions, while there were an estimated 110 000 deaths related to the disease.

Using updated disease modelling data, the report provides the most comprehensive estimates of measles trends over the last 17 years. It shows that since 2000, over 21 million lives have been saved through measles immunizations. However, reported cases increased by more than 30 percent worldwide from 2016.

7 November 2018

Release of the 2018 Assessment Report of the Global Vaccine Action Plan

This year’s Assessment Report of the Global Vaccine Action Plan focuses on the status of immunization today, together with lessons learned from this Decade of Vaccines. It comes at a crucial time, as the global immunization community looks towards shaping a new post-2020 strategy that will aim to deliver the full benefits of vaccines to all.

The report highlights that without sustained attention, hard-fought gains can easily be lost. Where children are unvaccinated, outbreaks occur and diseases that were eliminated become endemic once again.

Immunization news

fact buffet

Global coverage

85%of infants worldwide vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2017

Global routine vaccination coverage, 2017


19.9million infants did not receive any vaccinations in 2017

2017 immunization coverage data
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Rubella vaccine

162countries now use the vaccine worldwide

Immunization coverage fact sheet