Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

29 January 2016

Pilot implementation of first malaria vaccine recommended by WHO

Malawi children awaiting vaccination
UN/E. Schneider

In a new position paper published in today, WHO recommends the implementation of pilot projects to understand how to best use a vaccine that protects against malaria in young children.

11 December 2015

Isolated gains in immunization need to become the norm

A WHO commentary posted today highlights the need for the isolated gains in immunization achieved in several countries to become the norm in all countries. Many are still way off-track towards reaching the global immunization goals. So, how do we get back on track?

13 November 2015

Measles vaccination has saved about 17.1 million lives since 2000

WHO_H. Hasan

The number of measles-related deaths has dropped by 79% since 2000 ─ from 546 800 to 114 900 in 2014. New data estimates that 17.1 million lives have been saved since the beginning of the century, largely due to increased vaccination coverage against this highly contagious viral disease. However, overall progress towards increasing global immunization coverage has recently stagnated.

10 November 2015

Stunning success of vaccine in virtually ridding Africa of meningitis A

Five years after the introduction of an affordable conjugate meningitis A vaccine, immunization has led to the control and near elimination of deadly meningitis A disease in the African “meningitis belt.” In 2013, only four laboratory-confirmed cases of meningitis A were reported by the 26 countries in the meningitis belt.

Immunization news

fact buffet

Mortality reduction

79%drop in global measles deaths

Measles fact sheet


86%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2014

Immunization coverage fact sheet

Incomplete vaccination

18.7 millioninfants still missing out on basic vaccines

2014 Global vaccination data


29 January 2016

20 January 2016

Call for nomination of experts to serve on the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) Working Group on Typhoid Vaccines

13 January 2016

Call for expression of interest to consolidate, analyse and disseminate information on home based records for immunization

11 January 2016

Call for Expressions of Interest to maintain and enhance the WHO Immunization Repository using DHIS2

17 December 2015

Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (IPAC): CALL FOR NOMINATIONS