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Nearly one bil­lion peo­ple will be vac­ci­nated against yel­low fever in 27 high-risk African coun­tries by 2026 with sup­port from the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), Gavi – the Vac­cine Al­liance, UNICEF and more than 50 health part­ners. The com­mit­ment is part of the Elim­i­nate Yel­low fever Epi­demics (EYE) in Africa strat­egy, which was launched by Dr Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus, WHO Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, Pro­fes­sor Isaac Folorunso Ade­wole, Nigeria’s Min­is­ter of Health and part­ners at a re­cently held re­gional meet­ing in Abuja, Nigeria.

The three ob­jec­tives of the strat­egy in­clude pro­tect­ing at-risk pop­u­la­tions through preven­tive mass vac­ci­na­tion cam­paigns and rou­tine im­mu­niza­tion pro­grammes, pre­vent­ing in­ter­na­tional spread, and con­tain­ing out­breaks rapidly. De­vel­op­ing strong sur­veil­lance with ro­bust lab­o­ra­tory net­works is key to these ef­forts. UNICEF will make vac­cines avail­able, ad­vo­cate for greater po­lit­i­cal com­mit­ment and pro­vide sup­port in vac­ci­nat­ing chil­dren through rou­tine im­mu­niza­tion as well as dur­ing out­breaks of the dis­ease.

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