Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman applauding Gates Foundation $10 billion pledge for vaccines
Worldwide, polio cases have been reduced by over 99 per cent since 1988 and measles deaths fell by 78 per cent between 2000 and 2008. In 2008, according to experts’ estimates, a record 106 million children or infants were immunized, more than ever before. Over the past three decades, immunizations against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles and tuberculosis have been delivered as part of well-established immunization programs worldwide, saving an estimated 2.5 million young lives every year.
Despite this progress, it is estimated that 24 million children are still not being reached with life-saving vaccines. Most of these children live in the poorest nations and communities, where preventable diseases take their deadliest toll.
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