Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

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.

25 October 2018

New global commitment to primary health care for all at Astana conference

A hospital worker hands over a new born baby to its smiling mother

Countries around the globe today signed the Declaration of Astana, vowing to strengthen their primary health care systems as an essential step toward achieving universal health coverage. The Declaration of Astana reaffirms the historic 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata, the first time world leaders committed to primary health care.

“Today, instead of health for all, we have health for some,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-Genera. “We all have a solemn responsibility to ensure that today’s declaration on primary health care enables every person, everywhere to exercise their fundamental right to health.”

23 October 2018

HH Pope Francis and WHO Director-General: Health is a right and not a privilege

The pope and Dr. Tedro of the WHO shake hands

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has met with His Holiness Pope Francis to discuss ways to ensure that all people can obtain the healthcare they need, whoever they are, wherever they live. His Holiness Pope Francis and Dr Tedros have both reiterated that health is a right, and should not be a privilege, and share a commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable and marginalized – in both rich and poor countries.

“I particularly welcome the Pope’s emphasis on the welfare of children. I am encouraged to hear him say that he is beside us and all those working with us in the attempt to bring health to all, especially the many people, including children, who live on the periphery of society, and who suffer ill health and hunger.”

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