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Statement on the United States Government’s announcement on vaccination campaigns

NEW YORK,  20 May 2014 - “WHO and UNICEF appreciate the commitment by the U.S. Government to stop making operational use of immunization campaigns.  
“Immunization averts approximately two to three million deaths each year and is an essential tool in public health.  Humanitarian workers and programmes, especially life-saving vaccination campaigns, should never be used by any government for intelligence or military purposes.”


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