The State of the World’s Children 2023

The State of the World’s Children 2023 was developed in collaboration with VCP and using Vaccine Confidence Index data. It reveals that public perception of the importance of vaccines for children declined during the COVID-19 pandemic in 52 out of 55 countries studied.


Vaccine confidence in China is very high compared to other countries. The latest data we have for China is from surveys conducted in 2021 which showed that 95% of people feel that vaccines are safe and 97% think they are effective. 95% of those surveyed said they believe it’s important for children to have vaccines.

Evidence to Policy Pathway to Immunisation in China

Many newer vaccines are not centrally funded in China, and therefore people pay for them out-of-pocket. China is investigating whether to increase the range of vaccines that are fully funded by the central government.