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The Global Vaccine Action Plan (Global Immunization by 2020)


The "Decade of Vaccines"… I shiver just thinking about it.

The Global Vaccine Action Plan – The Opportunity
The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), endorsed by the 194 member states of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in 2012, provides a framework for achieving the vision of the Decade of Vaccines—delivering full access to immunization by 2020 and extending the full benefits of immunization to all people, regardless of where they are born, who they are, or where they live.

The GVAP sets out strategic objectives, recommends actions and stakeholder responsibilities for achieving the objectives, and provides for monitoring and evaluation of the plan's implementation. All WHA countries now report annually on progress against GVAP indicators.

The plan was the result of a global collaboration involving governments and elected officials, health professionals, academic institutions, vaccine manufacturers, nongovernmental organizations, and civil society organizations.

If the global community meets the plan's objectives, childhood mortality around the world will be reduced below the targets set by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Global immunization coverage has never been higher. More than 100 million children are immunized each year against tuberculosis, polio, measles, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type B, and, in some countries, yellow fever. These vaccines save an estimated 2.5 million lives each year.

Nearly 200 countries around the globe have endorsed a shared vision—known as the Decade of Vaccines—to extend the benefits of vaccines to every person by 2020 and thereby save more than 20 million lives. This international collaboration has generated the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), a framework for preventing millions of deaths by 2020 through more equitable access to existing vaccines for people in all communities.

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