Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Yellow fever outbreak ends in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016, bringing an end to the outbreak in both countries after no new confirmed cases were reported from both countries for the past 6 months.

“We are able to declare the end of one of the largest and most challenging yellow fever outbreak in recent years through the strong and coordinated response by national authorities, local health workers and partners,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa.

WHO issues updated tetanus vaccines position paper

In a revised position paper on tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccines published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO provided updated guidance on vaccination schedules for primary and booster vaccine doses, according to age and population group.

All children worldwide should be immunized against tetanus. Every country should seek to achieve early and timely infant vaccination. Other tetanus prevention efforts are also needed including individual and community education on clean wound care and the importance of following standard surgical protocols in accordance with WHO guidelines.

About 410 million children to be vaccinated against measles-rubella in India

India has launched one of the world’s largest vaccination campaigns against measles and rubella.

The campaign to vaccinate more than 410 million children aged 9 months to 15 years over the next 2 years is a big step towards improving child survival and preventing birth defects.

Working to increase vaccine price transparency

WHO, together with its Regional Office in the Americas/PAHO and Unicef, have developed the Vaccine Product, Price and Procurement (V3P) platform to allow countries to share and access vaccine price information.

In 2016, 51 countries have shared their price information with WHO and together with data from PAHO and Unicef, the V3P database now has vaccine price information from about 130 countries worldwide.

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