World health body wants vaccination drive to avert 1.5 million child deaths yearly

April 23, 2015 5:57 PM

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World health body wants vaccination drive to avert 1.5 million child deaths yearly

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One fifth of the world's children still do not receive routine vaccinations that could prevent 1.5 million deaths a year from preventable diseases, the World Health Organisation has said.

Many nations, including the United States, have had serious measles outbreaks in the past year, threatening to undermine efforts to eliminate the viral disease by the end of 2015, one of the WHO's global vaccination targets.

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