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Number Of Nations Reaching Immunization Goals Doubled Since 2000, But Challenges Remain, U.N. Data Show

News outlets report on updated WHO/UNICEF data on global immunizations.

International Business Times: U.N. Agencies Say Number Of Countries Meeting Global Immunization Target Has Doubled
“Between 2000 and 2014, the number of countries ensuring 90 percent coverage of children receiving routine, life-saving vaccinations doubled, UNICEF and the World Health Organization said, in a statement released Thursday. Nearly half of the world’s unvaccinated children live in three countries — India, Indonesia, and Nigeria, according to WHO data…” (Pandey, 7/17).

U.N. News Centre: UNICEF, U.N. health agency report increase in immunization figures for world’s children
“…Although the numbers point to an astounding success in combating childhood disease worldwide, the U.N. agencies warned that many nations still lagged in their goal to reach the six WHO-sanctioned Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) targets. Among them, the Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Somalia, South Sudan, and the Syrian Arab Republic were straggling with less than 50 percent of DTP3 coverage…” (7/16).

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