Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

New measles surveillance data from WHO

GENEVA, 12 August 2019 --- Measles outbreaks continue to spread rapidly around the world, according to the latest preliminary reports provided to the World Health Organization (WHO), with millions of people globally at risk of the disease.

17 July 2019

Ebola outbreak in the DRC declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Border control check the temperature of an incoming passenger at Goma airport, DRC
WHO/Tania Seburyamo

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system,” said Dr Tedros. “Extraordinary work has been done for almost a year under the most difficult circumstances. We all owe it to these responders -- coming from not just WHO but also government, partners and communities -- to shoulder more of the burden.”

15 July 2019

20 million children miss out on lifesaving measles, diphtheria and tetanus vaccines in 2018

A child receives measles vaccination in Venezuela
PAHO

20 million children worldwide – more than 1 in 10 – missed out on lifesaving vaccines such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus in 2018, according to new data from WHO and UNICEF.

““Vaccines are one of our most important tools for preventing outbreaks and keeping the world safe,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “While most children today are being vaccinated, far too many are left behind. Unacceptably, it’s often those who are most at risk– the poorest, the most marginalized, those touched by conflict or forced from their homes - who are persistently missed.”

9 July 2019

Sri Lanka eliminates measles

Baby resting on her mothers shoulder
WHO

WHO today announced Sri Lanka has eliminated measles, interrupting transmission of the indigenous virus that causes the killer childhood disease.

“Sri Lanka’s achievement comes at a time when globally measles cases are increasing. The country’s success demonstrates its commitment, and the determination of its health workforce and parents to protect children against measles,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia, congratulating the island nation.

Immunization news

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Global coverage

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Unvaccinated

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HPV vaccine

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