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WHO: World Health Statistics & New Immunization App
The World Health Organization has released its World Health Statistics 2013, an annual compilation of health-related data for its 194 Member States with a summary of the progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets.
The WHO also recently released an Immunization Summary mobile app which enables users to visualize data on the policies, activities, and impact of national immunization systems. The app is currently available for Apple products; the Android version will be released soon. Download the app.
Record low price for HPV vaccine
Thanks to the GAVI Alliance, the poorest countries will now have access to a sustainable supply of HPV vaccines for as low as US$ 4.50 per dose. The same vaccines can cost more than $100 in developed countries and the previous lowest public sector price was $13 per dose. By 2015, GAVI plans to support the vaccination of one million girls in more than 20 countries.
Pentavalent vaccine to be launched in Somalia
Somalia is now the 71st GAVI-eligible country to introduce the pentavalent vaccine to its population. More than 1.3 million doses of pentavalent vaccine have been provided to Somalia for 2013 and will be used to immunize children under the age of one. Pentavalent vaccines will be delivered to the 425,000 children born each year in Somalia through existing health structures as well as community health workers at district level.
Cost of pentavalent vaccine drops by 30%
The cost of immunizing millions of the world’s most vulnerable children against five deadly and debilitating diseases is set to fall, thanks to a major price reduction of one third for pentavalent vaccine. This new, more cost-effective price provides the opportunity for the GAVI Alliance to pay up to US$ 150 million less over the next four years compared with using lowest cost alternative suppliers. Check out GAVI's infographic depicting the impact of lowering prices on this vaccine.
Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication: April 11, 2013
Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, joined hundreds of scientists, doctors and technical experts from around the world to launch the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication on April 11, 2013. For additional information about the Scientific Declaration or to view a full list of signatories, please visit the Emory Vaccine Center Website.
- Bill Gates provides a video summary of the April 2013 Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi
- Peter Yeo, UN Foundation VP: Huffington Post blog on twenty million reasons to keep up momentum on global immunizations
- Natasha Burgert, MD, FAAP describes her experiences advocating on the hill for global vaccines at the 2013 Shot@Life Champions Training
- NY Times blog on 2013 Shot@Life Champions Training
- Shot@Life celebrates its partners and highlights the Academy's work
- Tanya Arora, MD, FAAP: Blog for Shot@Life about her experience in South Sudan