Countries meeting global immunization target doubled

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The number of countries reaching and sustaining 90 per cent coverage of children with routine life-saving vaccinations has doubled since 2000. UN file Photo/Marie Frechon

The number of countries reaching and sustaining 90 per cent coverage of children with routine life-saving vaccinations has doubled since 2000.

That's according to a new joint report by the UN Children's Fund, (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The new data also highlight that 65 countries will require what have been called "game changing strategies" in order to meet global vaccination goals.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Updated data on the status of immunization rates worldwide in 2014 reveal that 129 countries now immunize at least 90 per cent of their children with the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, known as DTP3.

In 2012, all 194 WHO Member States endorsed a Global Vaccine Action Plan.

They committed to ensuring no one misses out on vital immunizations, with a target of 90 per cent DTP3 vaccination coverage in all countries by 2015.

Earlier this year WHO described the DTP3 coverage target as being "worryingly off-track".

Six countries currently have less than 50 per cent coverage: Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Somalia, South Sudan and the Syrian Arab Republic.

But the UNICEF-WHO report shows significant progress has been made in the last 15 years.

In 2000, 21 million children did not receive even a first dose of DTP, a figure that has now dropped to 12 million.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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