Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

278 May 2016

Delegates discuss ways to get progress towards global immunization goals back on track

Twenty five speakers took the floor during the Global Vaccine Action Plan discussion at the World Health Assembly. At its mid-term review, the global vaccination targets remain off-track with gaps in immunization coverage and slow progress in the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus, measles and rubella.

Delegates noted that when countries and partners establish and enforce clear accountability systems, measure results and take corrective actions when results are not achieved, gaps in immunization can be closed.

19 May 2016

WHO South–East Asia Region eliminates Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

An Asian mother smiles while holding her child
T. Moran/WHO

In a major public health feat, WHO South-East Asia Region has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).

MNT elimination for the Region became official after a team of experts today successfully validated the remaining four provinces of Indonesia, the last pocket in the Region to achieve the target; after India reached the elimination goal last year.

3 May 2016

Greece extends vaccination to refugees and migrants

Childs drawing of a boat crossing the sea with migrants in it

Two vaccination campaigns for the refugee and migrant population in Greece will begin in early May 2016 to ensure that all those who require vaccination receive it.

Vaccination will be provided according to Greece's national immunization schedule.

2 May 2016

Immunization highlights 2015

There is arguably no single preventive health intervention more cost-effective than immunization in saving lives and protecting people’s health.

A selection of the most notable immunization achievements and events in 2015 as a result of WHO’s involvement is featured here.

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