April 26, 2021 marks the launch of Immunization Agenda 2030
Immunization is the foundation of the primary health care system and an indisputable human right. It’s also one of the best health investments money can buy. Yet despite tremendous progress, far too many people around the world – including nearly 20 million infants each year – have insufficient access to vaccines. In some countries, progress has stalled or even reversed, and there is a real risk that complacency will undermine past achievements. To address these challenges over the next decade, a new global vision and strategy, co-created by countries and development partners has been endorsed by the World Health Assembly.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded the world of the power of vaccines to fight disease, save lives, and create a healthier, safer, and more prosperous future. Now we must rapidly and equitably deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the world. Moving forward, strong immunization systems will be needed to ensure that people everywhere are protected against COVID-19 and other diseases. Ensuring everyone receives the vaccines they need will provide an exceptional return on investment and help keep the world safe from future pandemics.
IA2030 is an ambitious global strategy to maximize the impact of vaccines aiming to save an estimated 50 million lives, halve the number of children receiving zero vaccine doses and achieve 90% coverage for key vaccines over the next decade. Unlike many global plans, IA2030 was developed through a collaborative “bottom-up” co-creation process that engaged thousands of stakeholders; this approach has helped ensure it reflects the real needs of countries that face the greatest health inequalities, inspire action and champion a collaborative, country-owned partnership approach to immunization.