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Statement on the United States Government’s announcement on vaccination campaigns

WHO statement
20 May 2014

WHO and UNICEF appreciate the commitment by the United States Government to stop making operational use of immunization campaigns.

Immunization averts approximately 2 to 3 million deaths each year and is an essential tool in public health. Humanitarian workers and programmes, especially life-saving vaccination campaigns, should never be used by any government for intelligence or military purposes.

For further information, please contact:

Christy Feig
Director of Communications
Telephone: +41 79 251 7055
Email: feigc@who.int

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