UN: UNICEF, WHO report increase in immunization figures for world’s children

New York, US (PANA) - An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving
vaccinations around the world, according to the latest data released by two UN

In a joint statement on Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN
Children’s Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that the number of countries reaching and
sustaining 90 percent vaccination coverage for their children with the required
three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) had
doubled since 2000.

WHO and UNICEF said that in 2000, 21 million children did not receive even a first
dose of DTP, a figure that has now dropped to 12 million.

Although the numbers point to an astounding success in combating childhood
disease worldwide, the UN agencies warned that many nations still lagged in their
goal to reach the six WHO-sanctioned Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) targets.

Among them, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Somalia,
South Sudan and Syrian Arab Republic were straggling with less than 50 percent
of DTP3 coverage.

The statement noted that beyond the DTP3 immunizations, the new statistics also
show that coverage with other essential vaccines has also improved.

"The number of children protected from hepatitis B is high worldwide and increasing
steadily," it said, noting that while just 30 percent of children received three doses
of vaccine against the viral disease in 2000, this figure rose to 82 percent in 2014.

In addition, UNICEF and WHO noted that the number of countries using other new
vaccines, such as rotavirus and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, had also increased.
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