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|MYANMAR: Roving vaccinators visit a family with the polio vaccine preserved in a cold chain carrier case.|
UNICEF supplies vaccines reaching 36 per cent of the world's children as part of its commitment to improving child survival. The procurement of vaccines and related supplies is UNICEF's largest procurement activity. In 2011, UNICEF procured around 2.5 billion doses of vaccines, from polio and measles to tetanus, BCG and yellow fever vaccines, at a value of $1030 million. These vaccines are used in routine immunization as well as in immunization campaigns.
The procurement of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV) remains very high with 1.7 billion doses purchased by Supply Division in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 2011. UNICEF together with other partners is working on developing a polio vaccine stockpile to support the post-eradication period and the development by WHO of post-eradication immunization policies. In 2011, Supply Division also purchased 169 million doses of measles vaccines bundled with safe injection devices, 107 million doses of BCG and 148 million doses of tetanus vaccines. Tables and graphs covering UNICEF vaccine procurement since 1996 by volume and value are available here.
See also vaccine prices in recent years.