Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

WHO issues updated positon paper on yellow fever vaccine

In a revised yellow fever (YF) vaccine position paper published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO provided updated guidance on the use of fractional dose YF vaccination in the context of YF vaccine supply shortages.

Bhutan and Maldives eliminate measles

Health worker administering vaccine for a baby, as she sits on her mother's lamp, uncomfortably, in Male, Maldives
WHO/V. Gupta-Smith

Bhutan and Maldives have eliminated measles, a highly infectious disease that is a major childhood killer globally.

The 2 countries are the first in the WHO South-East Asia Region to be verified for having interrupted endemic measles virus transmission, ahead of the 2020 regional target.

Delegates discuss ways to accelerate progress towards global immunization goals

A technical briefing – Reaching Everyone, Everywhere with Life-Saving Vaccines – took place on Wednesday, 24 May with about 250 participants in attendance.

It provided an opportunity for delegates to share experiences to better understand some of the challenges and bottlenecks to achieving the goals in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), learning lessons from the successes seen in some regions and countries and seeing how we can build on these successes to get back on track.

Ebola vaccines for Guinea and the world

More than 11 000 people in Guinea participated in a WHO-led trial to develop the world’s first vaccine against Ebola virus disease. The ground-breaking trial, which ended in January 2016, resulted in a vaccine that is highly protective against the deadly virus.

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, visited some of the communities who participated in the vaccine trial in the city of Conakry.


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