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As a public health issue, global vaccination coverage is the subject of much debate at the United Nations – especially when it is insufficient.
According to the latest report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), 20 million children have not received the necessary vaccines to prevent fatal diseases.
Since 2000, the two organizations have jointly produced estimates of global vaccination coverage. These estimates are used to identify the areas and countries with the lowest coverage against certain diseases, with the aim of getting governments, NGOs and global and regional organizations to react and push for targeted joint actions to protect populations.