WHO unveils global immunisation strategy to save 50 million lives by 2030
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently unveiled the global immunisation strategy to reach over 50 million children who had missed lifesaving jabs against measles and other diseases because of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While immunisation services are recovering from disruptions caused by COVID-19, millions of children remain vulnerable to deadly diseases,” the WHO warned on Monday.
It also highlighted the urgent need for a renewed global commitment to improving vaccination access and uptake.
“Vaccines will help us end the COVID-19 pandemic, but only if we ensure fair access for all countries and build robust systems to deliver them,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
“And if we’re to avoid multiple outbreaks of life-threatening diseases like measles, yellow fever and diphtheria, we must ensure we protect routine vaccination services in every country in the world,” he added.
“The pandemic has made a bad situation worse, causing millions of more children to go unimmunised. Now that vaccines are at the forefront of everyone’s minds, we must sustain this energy to help every child catch up on their measles, polio and other vaccines. We have no time to waste. Lost ground means lost lives,” UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said.
By 2030, the Immunisation Agenda aims to achieve 90 per cent coverage for essential vaccines given in childhood & adolescence, halve the number of children who miss out on vaccination and introduce 500 new vaccines in low & middle-income countries.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)
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