A WHO and UNICEF study examined for the first time the cost, financing and impact of immunization programmes in the 72 poorest countries. The estimated total price tag for immunization activities for 2006-2015 in these countries is US$ 35 billion, one third of which will be spent on vaccines and two thirds of which will be spent on immunization delivery systems. The study determined that with an additional US$ 1 billion per year, immunization could save 10 million more lives in the next decade. In total, more than 41 million premature deaths could be prevented by 2015.
The results of the study were published in a press release. The full study will soon be published in the WHO Bulletin.
The full study is published in the WHO Bulletin.
Estimating the costs of achieving the WHO–UNICEF Global Immunization Vision and Strategy, 2006–2015
- Lara J Wolfson et al.