Key findings from the WHO Vaccines and Immunization Report

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Key quotes and findings from the State of the World's Vaccines and Immunization Report

" Immunization is one of the most powerful and cost-effective of all health interventions.  It prevents debilitating illness and disability, and saves millions of lives every year. It  is also key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – commitments made by world leaders in 2000 to reduce poverty and improve human development.  The contribution of immunization is especially critical to achieving the goal to reduce  deaths among children under ï¬ve years old (MDG 4)."

Overview:

"WHO has estimated that if all the vaccines now available against  childhood diseases were widely adopted, and if countries could raise vaccine  coverage to a global average of 90%, by 2015 an additional two million deaths  a year could be prevented among children under ï¬ve years old."

Vaccine development:

"Since the year  2000, the global vaccine market has almost tripled – reaching over US$ 17 billion  in global revenue by mid-2008, and making the vaccine industry one of the fastest  growing sectors of industry. Most of this expansion comes from sales in industrialized countries of newer, more costly vaccines, which account for more than half of the total value of vaccine sales worldwide."

Barriers:

"A major barrier is the underlying weakness of the health system  in many developing countries. Another is the difï¬culty in delivering vaccines through  an infrastructure and logistical support system that is often overloaded. Yet another  is a lack of understanding about the importance of vaccines – especially among  the poorest populations – and a failure to actively demand access to immunization services."

"One change, however, that could seriously imperil efforts to battle inequity,  preventable disease, death, and poverty, is the collapse of global ï¬nancial markets  in the last months of 2008, and the economic slowdown that has since swept over the world."

Costs:

"By 2010, the average cost of immunizing a child is projected to rise to about  US$ 18.00 per live birth. Beyond 2010, scaling up vaccine coverage with new  vaccines – such as pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines – to meet the MDGs and  the GIVS goals is likely to raise the cost above US$ 30.00 per live birth."

Global Immunization Vision and Strategy goals:

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