The WHO today asked countries like India to close the immunisation gap to avert 1.5 million deaths globally due to vaccine-preventable diseases.
"India is one of the countries for the size of its population (that has less than 80 per cent vaccine coverage). If (for example) you have 70 per cent coverage, for a place like India, (in terms) of absolute numbers, lot of children (will be unvaccinated)," Jean Marie Okwo-Bele, World Health Organization (WHO) Director of Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals said.
India is one of the countries where immunisation coverage is less than 80 per cent.
"India is not one country. India is several countries and within India you have most states doing extremely well with more than 80 per cent coverage and a few in the north, like UP (that have far less coverage). They are now getting in the mode where the lessons from polio (eradication) are being translated into support for vaccination (increased general immunization coverage)," he added.
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