Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

9 January 2015

WHO grants approval for safe, effective meningitis A vaccine for infants

WHO has opened the door to routine immunization of infants in Africa by approving for use an innovative and affordable vaccine that has all but rid the meningitis belt of a major cause of deadly epidemics.

Since its introduction in Africa in December 2010, MenAfriVac has had an immediate and dramatic impact in breaking the cycle of meningitis A epidemics, leading the safe, effective technology to be approved by WHO through its prequalification process for use in infants, and paving the way for protecting millions more children at risk of the deadly disease.

11 December 2014

Dr Flavia Bustreo appointed Vice Chair of Gavi Board

Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women's and Children's Health has been appointed the new Vice Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Board effective 1 January 2015.

As part of her responsibilities as Vice Chair of the Board, Dr Bustreo will also be the Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee.

11 December 2014

WHO welcomes Gavi support for Ebola candidate vaccines

Field workers in the fight against ebola in Guinea wearing protective suits.

WHO welcomes the commitment by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to support the procurement of vaccines as soon as WHO recommends one for use.

"This is yet another example of the rapid mobilization from partners and stakeholders to respond to the Ebola outbreak with innovative products. If the vaccines currently being tested live up to their promise of safety and efficacy, this will be the fastest vaccine development and roll-out in history", said Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General of Health Systems and Innovation.

3 December 2014

New WHO guide to prevent and control cervical cancer

WHO/C. McNab

New guidance from WHO aims to help countries better prevent and control cervical cancer. The disease is one of the world’s deadliest, but preventable forms of cancer for women, responsible for more than 270 000 deaths annually, 85% of which occur in developing countries. The main elements of the new guidance are to vaccinate 9 to 13 year-old girls with 2 doses of HPV vaccine, use HPV tests to screen women for prevention and communicate more widely.

Immunization news

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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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