New assessment report on progress towards global immunization goals

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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 has been made towards the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) goals: the year saw the fewest number of cases of wild poliovirus ever reported, and three more countries were certified as having achieved maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination. Nine additional countries have introduced new vaccines.

However, SAGE noted with concerning signs of the complacency and inadequate political commitment to immunization – as well as an insufficient appreciation of the power of vaccines to achieve wider health and development objectives. Overall DTP3 vaccination coverage increased, but by only 1% to 86%. Additional risks identified include: growing levels of vaccine hesitancy; the worrying rise in vaccine stock outs disrupting access to vaccination; and the continued underperformance of certain countries relative to others within their region.

The new report provides a series of key recommendations aimed at accelerating progress and provide solutions to key challenges. When countries follow SAGE recommendations to strengthen routine immunization programmes, the results can go far beyond protecting people from vaccine-preventable diseases – they will build the foundation of resilient health systems for all….

The SAGE October 2017 meeting report will be published in the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record on 1 December 2017 and related meeting documents — including presentations and background readings — can be found on the SAGE meeting website.
::2017 SAGE Assessment Report of the Global Vaccine Action Plan pdf, 1.45Mb
:: World Health Assembly Resolution WHA70.14: “Strengthening immunization to achieve the goals of the global vaccine action plan resolution”
:: Global Vaccine Action Plan Website
:: SAGE website