World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Vaccine Action Plan and World Immunization Week
Ministers of Health from 194 countries at the 65th World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), a roadmap to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through more equitable access to vaccines for people in all communities.
Several countries highlighted their achievements in: increasing vaccination coverage; reaching more children with existing vaccines; preventing disease outbreaks; using new vaccines against diarrhoea and pneumonia; and implementing advocacy events such as immunization weeks to highlight the importance of vaccines and immunization in saving lives.
Delegates also highlighted several key issues including the need to:
• Mobilize more resources to support low and middle income countries to implement GVAP and monitor impact;
• Ensure that support to countries to implement GVAP include a strong focus on strengthening routine immunization; and
• Facilitate vaccine technology transfer to developing countries and promote strategies to bring down vaccine prices.
Following the endorsement by the Health Assembly, WHO will lead efforts ― using existing partnership and coordinating mechanisms ― to support regions and countries to adapt the GVAP into national action plans. In addition, WHO and partners will establish a monitoring and accountability framework for discussion at the Health Assembly in 2013.