Global immunization strategy

• WHO unveils global immunization strategy to save 50 million lives by 2030.

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• A UN-led global immunization strategy was unveiled to reach more than 50 million children who have missed lifesaving jabs against measles and other diseases because of COVID-19 disruption.

• WHO, along with UNICEF and the vaccine alliance Gavi, said their new global strategy has the potential to save 50 million lives within less than a decade.

• WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, to avoid multiple outbreaks of life-threatening diseases like measles, yellow fever and diphtheria, it must be ensured that routine vaccination services are protected in every country in the world.

• A WHO survey showed more than one third of countries were still seeing disruptions to their routine immunisation services.

• The joint statement said, around 60 mass vaccination campaigns were currently postponed in 50 countries, putting 228 million people, mostly children, at risk of diseases such as measles and polio.

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Mains Paper 2: International

Prelims level: Global immunization strategy

Mains level: Major highlights about the program

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