Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

24 June 2015

New film showcasing the Controlled Temperature Chain (CTC)

The Controlled Temperature Chain, or CTC is an innovative approach to vaccine management and distribution which allows certain vaccines to be kept at ambient temperatures outside of the traditional vaccine cold chain.

The 3-episode film promotes the CTC approach. Episode 1 explains what is CTC, why it is useful and how it is feasible; episode 2 features a case study on CTC implementation; and episode 3 looks at the options for countries and what manufacturers can do to support countries.

15 June 2015

New report shows that 400 million do not have access to essential health services

A WHO and World Bank Group report shows that 400 million people do not have access to essential health services. The report looked at global access to essential health services including child immunization, family planning, antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, and access to clean water and sanitation—in 2013, and found that at least 400 million people lacked access to at least one of these services.

8 June 2015

Protecting children in Sierra Leone against measles and polio


A six-day nationwide mass measles and polio vaccination campaign is taking place from 5 to 10 June targeting more than 1.3 million children under five years of age in Sierra Leone.

“Vaccines are safe ways to boost protection against preventable diseases. Mass vaccination campaigns are special opportunities to reach out to targeted populations, particularly the under privileged and underserved communities, with essential lifesaving interventions,” said Dr Anders Nordström, WHO Representative.

2 June 2015

Liberia tackles measles as Ebola comes to an end

A mobile vaccination team in a village, Liberia
WHO/M. Winkler

As Liberia emerges from the devastating Ebola epidemic, it has been battling the worst measles outbreak in years. The Ebola outbreak led to the collapse of most health services in Liberia, including routine vaccinations. The Liberian government moved swiftly to organize a countrywide vaccination campaign with the help of WHO and partners.

Immunization news

fact buffet

Mortality reduction

75%drop in global measles deaths

Global progress towards regional measles elimination
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84%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2013

Immunization coverage fact sheet

Incomplete vaccination

21.8 millioninfants still missing out on basic vaccines

Global routine vaccination coverage 2013
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