Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

State of the world's vaccines and immunization. Third edition

21 October 2009

Key messages - Chapter 2

  • The first decade of the 21st century has been the most productive in the history of vaccine development.
  • New life-saving vaccines have been developed, and others will soon be available.
  • New vaccines are urgently needed to reduce illness and deaths from high-burden diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS.
  • Most low-cost traditional vaccines are now produced by vaccine manufacturers in developing countries.
  • Public-private partnerships are accelerating the availability of new vaccines.
  • Systems have been put in place to ensure the safety, effectiveness, and quality of all vaccines.