As the 2021 World Health Organization-UNICEF Estimates of National Immunization Coverage (WUENIC) data show, immunization coverage globally decreased for a second year, with migrants, displaced people, and populations living in fragile or conflict-affected settings most likely to have missed critical doses of vaccines to prevent infection with deadly diseases. Reaching these vulnerable groups, including the 18 million children who received no doses of vaccine, will require innovative approaches, as well as strategic coordination among national governments, district officials, multilateral agencies, and civil society organizations to deliver vaccines and increase trust in vaccines as well as immunization programs.
Please join the CSIS Global Health Policy Center for a discussion regarding the challenges associated with reaching populations in fragile and conflict-affected settings with routine immunizations as well as Covid-19 vaccines and what steps can be taken to close gaps in immunization coverage that have widened during the pandemic while strengthening the delivery of immunizations for future cohorts. Katherine E. Bliss, Senior Fellow and Director of Immunizations and Health Systems Resilience at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, will be joined by Ahmed Arale, Deputy Global Director and Technical Lead for CORE Group Partners Project; Ted Chaiban, Global Lead Coordinator for the Covid-19 Vaccine Delivery Partnership; and Anuradha Gupta, President of Global Immunization at Sabin Vaccine Institute.
This event is made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.