Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

6 May 2017

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.

26 April 2017

Improving tracking of vaccines in Zambia

A health worker opens a freezer of yellow fever vaccines, in Togo
WHO/A. Asselin

In search for a solution to track vaccines in real-time, the Zambian Ministry of Health and WHO piloted a logistics management information system in 34 facilities in 2016. Through the web and mobile phones, the system allows supply chain managers in the country’s national, district, and provincial vaccine warehouses and stores to monitor vaccine stocks, usage, and expirations by the minute.

26 April 2017

Embrace the facts about vaccines, not the myths

"Vaccines are available but myths around them discourage parents from immunizing their children. We need to bust myths and promote the benefits of immunization more widely. #VaccinesWork"

25 April 2017

From warehouse to remote communities: the journey of vaccines

Thanks to a highly effective National Immunization Programme, most Brazilian parents can feel confident that their children will get the lifesaving vaccines they need – when they need them. Routine vaccination coverage in Brazil averages above 95% for most vaccines on the child immunization schedule every year – exceeding WHO’s recommendations. Yet some people remain hard to reach.

Immunization news

fact buffet

Global coverage

86%of infants worldwide vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP vaccine in 2015

Immunization coverage fact sheet


19.4million infants still miss out on basic vaccines

2015 immunization coverage data
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Measles mortality

134 000deaths every year worldwide

Measles fact sheet