Opinion Pieces Recognize World Immunization Week
Huffington Post: Just Another Week in Global Health?
Aaron Oxley, executive director of RESULTS U.K.
“…Immunization has given us one of the most colossal successes we have had in global health but progress has stalled. … [W]e need to simultaneously do more to support increased domestic and international financing which strengthens immunization and health systems if we are to achieve universal immunization. There are some inequities in the world that we know will take a long time to overcome, but we can do something right now to stop children all around the world dying from preventable diseases…” (4/25).
Huffington Post: Vaccines: A Global Health Success Story That Keeps Us On Our Toes
Flavia Bustreo, assistant director general for family, women’s and children’s health at WHO, and vice chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general for health systems and innovation at WHO
“…In order to keep pace with new threats, investment in research and development must continue with the same intensity that we have seen in recent months. The new 2030 sustainable development agenda is calling on governments to support research and development for new vaccines so that diseases like dengue, Ebola, malaria, and Zika can become diseases of the past … As we mark World Immunization Week 2016, let’s continue to write the history of vaccination, celebrate the research and development successes, and work to ensure people of all ages receive the vaccines they need to help them stay healthy throughout their lives” (4/25).