Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

New assessment report on progress towards global immunization goals

In the newly published report by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization, it was noted that some progress have been made towards global immunization goals: the year saw the fewest number of cases of wild poliovirus ever reported, three more countries were certified as having achieved maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination and nine additional countries have introduced new vaccines..

However, there are concerning signs of complacency and inadequate political commitment to immunization. The assessment report provides a series of key recommendations aimed at accelerating progress and provide solutions to key challenges.

Global Vaccine Action Plan indicators

The GVAP portal provides annual data on progress against the indicators of the Monitoring and Evaluation/Accountability Framework.

The indicators measure progress against the GVAP goals to: (1) improve routine immunization to meet vaccination coverage and equity targets; (2) eradicate polio, eliminate measles, rubella and maternal and neonatal tetanus; (3) introduce new and improved vaccines; and (4) spur research and development for the next generation of vaccines and technologies.

World Health Assembly endorsed resolution to strengthen immunization

Overview of audience during the World Health Assembly

Ministers of Health from 194 countries at the 70th World Health Assembly endorsed a resolution on strengthening immunization to achieve the goals of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). In 2012, the Health Assembly endorsed GVAP, a commitment to ensure that no one misses out on vital immunization by 2020.

To date, progress towards the GVAP targets is off track. In 2015, more than 19 million children missed out the basic immunization and overall global immunization coverage has stagnated.

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86%of infants vaccinated with 3 doses of DTP containing vaccine in 2016

Immunization coverage factsheet


19.5 milliondid not receive routine life-saving vaccinations in 2016

Immunization coverage data
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90 000estimated deaths from measles in 2016

Measles fact sheet

Global Vaccine Action Plan reports

SAGE assessment reports

Annual assessments by the Strategy Group of Experts on Immunization on the progress towards GVAP targets.
(2017: 36 pages)

GVAP secretariat reports

Annual reports with detailed analysis on the trends for all GVAP indicators. Also includes detailed background documentation.
(2017: 252 pages)

World Health Assembly and Executive Board Reports

Annual progress reports by the Secretariat to WHO governing bodies and WHA resolutions related to GVAP.

Global and Regional Vaccine Action Plans

Last updated: 2 March 2018