News in Brief 15 July 2019

  • Over 820 million people suffering from hunger, new UN report reveals
  • ‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnation of global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs
  • We won’t get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding, warns UN emergency relief chief
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‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnating global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs

More than one in 10 children – almost 20 million worldwide – failed to receive potentially lifesaving vaccines in 2018, the UN said on Monday, citing obstacles including conflict, cost and complacency. 

Vaccines are ‘a silver bullet for public health’ UNICEF immunization chief

Vaccines are effective, safe, inexpensive, and “a silver bullet for public health” that help save countless lives across the world each year. That’s according to Robin Nandy, Principal Adviser and Chief of Immunization for the UN Children’s Fund, speaking on the launch day on Wednesday, of UNICEF’s #VaccinesWork campaign. It’s also the beginning of World Immunization Week, and UN News’s Siwen Qian began by asking Mr. Nandy, to explain how vaccination works.

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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Diplomacy for Peace Day, #VaccinesWork, the cost of war on Afghans, tech and well-being

Top news for Wednesday includes: the first-ever International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, the launch of World Immunization Week, civilians continuing to bear the brunt of ongoing violence in Afghanistan, the need for more regulation in the tech industry, a call for more exercise and less screen time for children, and a plea by the UN refugees High Commissioner not to let extremism divide us. 

Livestock vaccine system launched in South Sudan

A new cold chain system that will protect livestock vaccines has been launched in South Sudan by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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UN-backed conference calls for increase in drug research and access to help Africans

Governments need to increase their support for drug research that will lead to new accessible drugs and vaccines in Africa, a United Nations-backed conference in Ethiopia heard this week.

Old diseases, new infections may re-emerge without better vaccine funding, UN warns

Old diseases and new infections will re-emerge unless urgent action is taken to close the gaps in funding, research and global immunization coverage, according to a new report jointly produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank.

UN-supported initiative helps vaccinate 10.5 million children against hepatitis

About 10.5 million children in developing countries have been vaccinated against hepatitis B, which causes liver diseases and cancer, as part of a United Nations-supported initiative that has helped 55 nations to improve their immunization services.

Africa receives first vaccines under global immunization campaign: UNICEF

In a major step towards saving the lives of millions of children, a global immunization campaign supported by several United Nations agencies began today the first round of its worldwide schedule of vaccine deliveries.