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Immunization is one of the most successful public health measures of modern times. Annually immunization prevents an estimated 2.5 million deaths globally and reduces disease-specific treatment costs (WHO 2018). For all the devastation caused by COVID-19, an important lesson is that the balance needs to shift from treating disease to preventing it. Specific to COVID-19, almost everyone is at risk and may require vaccination if given the opportunity. Hence, it is likely that demand will surpass supply. The concern of the WFPHA Immunisation Taskforce is the tendency for the rich to acquire and pay for the limited supply of available efficacious vaccines to the detriment of the at-risk populations in low income settings. Therefore, the WFPHA Immunisation Taskforce provides some recommendations. Read the recommendations and statement here.

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