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Looking beyond the Decade of Vaccines

18 Nov, 2018
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A new Lancet editorial on the “Decade of Vaccines”, takes a long term view and recognizes that, ” in the current social and political climate, perhaps it is time to re-evaluate.” In addition to acknowledging advances, it takes a sobering view of challenges ahead including around vaccine hesitancy, including ” worrisome politicisation of immunisation, with some political leaders exploiting this wedge issue to garner support”.   – HL

Looking beyond the Decade of Vaccines             The Lancet Nov 17, 2018 Vol 392(10160).

When in 2010 the global health community declared the so-called Decade of Vaccines, it marked a path towards an ambitious vision for 2020: a world in which all individuals and communities enjoy lives free from vaccine-preventable diseases.  The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) 2011–2020, a multisectoral effort led by WHO, set highly challenging targets, progress towards which would be assessed by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE). With the publication of the penultimate assessment report of the GVAP, and as the turn of the decade looms, it is time to take stock and look beyond 2020.

Over the past 8 years, it is clear that gains have been made for some of the GVAP’s key indicators, but these are fragile. Read full article here

 

This entry was posted on Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at 9:51 am and is filed under Blog.

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