One of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa has begun in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo as WHO and partners work to curb a yellow fever outbreak that has killed more than 400 people and sickened thousands more. Working with Ministries of Health in the 2 countries, WHO is coordinating 56 global partners to vaccinate more than 14 million people against yellow fever in more than 8000 locations.
In a new position paper published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO recommends that countries should consider introduction of the dengue vaccine CYD-TDV or Dengvaxia® only in geographic settings where epidemiological data indicate a high burden of disease.
New data on global immunization coverage show that 65% of the world’s children received 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccines in 2015, a coverage level that has been sustained above 86% since 2010.
The number of children who did not receive routine vaccinations dropped to an estimated 19.4 million, down from 33.8 million in 2000.
The Gavi Vaccine Alliance has announced that it will support a WHO-coordinated pilot programme for the malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S). “This decision by the Gavi Board truly responds to countries' demands” says Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General at WHO and vice-chair of the Gavi board. “We trust that others will be forthcoming so we can take full advantage of this chance to improve malaria control and reduce child mortality in Africa.”
79%drop in global measles deathsMeasles fact sheet
86%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2015Immunization coverage fact sheet
19.4 millioninfants still missing out on basic vaccines2015 estimates of immunization coverage