The APPG has released a new report looking which aims to highlight the reasons for low and stalling immunisation rates and what the UK and global immunisation stakeholders need to do to ensure that we reach every last child with all 11 WHO-recommended vaccines.
A ten-month long inquiry collated written and oral evidence into this report. Evidence was taken from the following stakeholders: Amref Health Africa UK, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Department for International Development, the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, Gavi Civil Society Organisation Steering Committee, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, HELP, Pakistan, Jon Snow Institute, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Rotary International, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, PATH, Pfizer, Save the Children UK, United Nations Foundation, VillageReach.
The next ‘decade of vaccines’ presents an opportunity to tackle the challenges that remain and expand global vaccine coverage. Polio eradication efforts reflect the possibilities of what is achievable when ambitious targets are set and global political will and funding is coordinated. Over time, sustainability of vaccination services can only be achieved through all global immunisation actors working together to strengthen essential immunisation systems in countries. Equal access to all vaccines and aiming for the ‘fully-immunised child’ must be central to this. Political leadership and prioritisation of vaccines is more vital than ever if we are to sustain the efforts and achievements of the previous decade, and the UK must remain a world leader in driving these efforts.
To read the full report, please click here.