by Flavia Bustreo
Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health at WHO and co-Chair of the Gavi Board, 26 April 2017
Immunization is actually one of the most incredible scientific innovations, and has contributed hugely to preventing deaths – mostly of children – and to dramatic rises in life expectancy and economic development. Every US$ 1 invested in immunization returns an estimated US$ 16 in health-care savings and increased economic productivity. Despite all the fantastic advances in immunization over recent decades, 1.5 million children still die annually from vaccine-preventable diseases. And not all of our advances are secure. Last year 25 countries reported a net decrease in immunization coverage since 2010.