Preliminary results from Guinea show that a new vaccine is highly effective against Ebola, and trials of the VSV-EBOV vaccine should continue. "This is an extremely promising development," said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. "The credit goes to the Guinean Government, the people living in the communities and our partners in this project. An effective vaccine will be another very important tool for both current and future Ebola outbreaks."
With Africa at risk of a large meningitis outbreak, an acute shortage of meningitis C-containing vaccine threatens to severely limit the world’s ability to minimize the number of people affected. While substantial progress has been made in recent years, much work needs to be done to protect the African meningitis belt and vaccination remains key to prevent outbreaks.
Hepatitis B and C lead to nearly 1.4 million deaths every year. On World Hepatitis Day (28 July), WHO is urging countries to do more to prevent new infections and ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. It highlights the risks associated with unsafe medical procedures and encourages vaccinating children against Hepatitis B.
The number of countries reaching and sustaining 90% coverage of children with routine life-saving vaccinations has doubled since 2000.
Updated data on the status of immunization worldwide in 2014 reveal that 129 countries, 6 more than in 2013, now immunize at least 90% of their children with the required 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3).
75%drop in global measles deathsGlobal progress towards regional measles elimination
86%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2014Immunization coverage fact sheet
18.7 millioninfants still missing out on basic vaccinesGlobal routine vaccination coverage 2013