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#VaccinesWork’s top 11 articles of 2021

2021 has been another tumultuous pandemic year. #VaccinesWork has been there through every twist and turn in our collective pandemic story, covering the latest science, bringing new perspectives from countries across the world and digging into the wider global health stories that might go unnoticed as we focus on COVID-19. Here’s eleven stories from a year in global health that will have ramifications for years to come.

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17 January 2022

Pakistan reignites polio vaccination drive

Civil society, media, local influencers, celebrities, religious scholars, and frontline workers are all reinforcing the Pakistan government’s fight against Poliomyelitis.

17 January 2022

Prioritise first doses of COVID-19 vaccines over boosters, say WHO experts

3.6 million people have still not had even their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Ensuring every adult has received at least one dose should be our focus for 2022.

17 January 2022

India versus Omicron: How the country’s third COVID-19 wave might unfold

Daily COVID-19 cases have been rising fast, so how well protected is India’s population against Omicron?

The COVID-19 vaccine race

Pre-clinical
194vaccines
are being explored in lab experiments and animals
PHASE 1
38 vaccines
are undergoing safety tests in healthy young individuals
Phase 2
44vaccines
are being tested in broader groups of people
Phase 3
39vaccines
are in large international trials to test their impact on COVID-19
IN USE
23vaccines
are currently being offered to the general population
Phase 4
10vaccines
are being monitored in the wider population after being approved

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15 December 2021

Camel-borne vaccines and high-tech data systems: Inside Pakistan’s massive, historic measles-rubella vaccination campaign

Last month, Pakistan undertook one of its biggest-ever vaccination campaigns: 90 million doses of measles and rubella vaccine administered to 90 million children in just two weeks. #VaccinesWork was there.

6 December 2021

Galápagos census looks at impacts on turtles during and after COVID lockdown

The suspension of tourism activities around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic gave researchers the chance to answer an important question: What impact does tourism have on wildlife populations?

3 December 2021

"The vaccine has done wonders”: Kenya’s experience with the world’s first malaria vaccine

The Gavi Board has approved the roll-out of RTS,S/AS01, the world’s first vaccine against malaria, a sickness which kills 260,000 children under five in sub-Saharan Africa every year. To get a sense of what this historic development might mean on…

1 December 2021

Growing viral: health, hope, and happiness in the time of COVID and HIV

Living with one lethal virus, the children of Snehagram in southern India bolster each other in surviving the coronavirus pandemic.

19 November 2021

Slipping through the cracks: Urban under-immunisation on Bengaluru’s margins

In 2020, 16 million children in lower-income countries did not receive the third dose of their basic childhood vaccines. 12.4 million of them didn’t even receive their first dose. Despite a perception that missed children typically belong to hard…

 

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17 January 2022

Pakistan reignites polio vaccination drive

Civil society, media, local influencers, celebrities, religious scholars, and frontline workers are all reinforcing the Pakistan government’s fight against Poliomyelitis.

17 January 2022

Prioritise first doses of COVID-19 vaccines over boosters, say WHO experts

3.6 million people have still not had even their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Ensuring every adult has received at least one dose should be our focus for 2022.

17 January 2022

India versus Omicron: How the country’s third COVID-19 wave might unfold

Daily COVID-19 cases have been rising fast, so how well protected is India’s population against Omicron?

14 January 2022

Common cold could explain why some people never seem to get COVID-19

A recent cold is no substitute for a COVID-19 vaccine, but lingering immunity from one might protect a lucky few.

14 January 2022

Here’s where (and how) you are most likely to catch COVID – new study

To discover your risk of catching coronavirus for any given situation, try our COVID-19 Aerosol Transmission Estimator.

 

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12 January 2022

The COVID-19 vaccine race

Scientists around the world are working faster than ever to develop and produce vaccines that can stop the spread of COVID-19, with 21 vaccines now being rolled out in countries worldwide. Here is an at-a-glance overview of those vaccines and…

5 January 2022

The impact of COVAX in Laos

Vaccination started off slow, but has steadily increased over 2021 thanks to public health messaging and vaccine deliveries.

24 December 2021

12 Days of COVAX

All around the world, COVAX deliveries are helping to protect frontline health workers, reach nomadic communities, reunite families and allow schools to reopen. Since deliveries began in March, #VaccinesWork has been publishing snapshots that…

23 December 2021

#VaccinesWork’s top 11 articles of 2021

2021 has been another tumultuous pandemic year. #VaccinesWork has been there through every twist and turn in our collective pandemic story, covering the latest science, bringing new perspectives from countries across the world and digging into…

22 December 2021

How the public came together to support COVID-19 vaccines for the world’s most vulnerable

People around the world have demonstrated global solidarity by donating to the COVAX Facility, providing vaccines to those who would otherwise have no access.

 

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17 January 2022

Pakistan reignites polio vaccination drive

Civil society, media, local influencers, celebrities, religious scholars, and frontline workers are all reinforcing the Pakistan government’s fight against Poliomyelitis.

13 January 2022

The resilience of mothers in Nigeria’s displaced people camps

Despite fleeing their homes because of civil unrest and violence, mothers in the camps are doing whatever it takes to protect their children by getting them immunised.

12 January 2022

South Sudan committed to polio vaccination campaign in its remote areas

South Sudan has reignited the drive to vaccinate its children against the polio virus.

10 January 2022

Churches are boosting vaccination rates in Eswatini

Eswatini has launched a campaign to encourage members of the Zionist churches to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

6 January 2022

COVID-19 means that Pakistani transgender people are even more marginalised

Trans rights organisations such as the Good Thinker Organisation are working to ensure that Pakistan’s transgender community recovers from the hardship that COVID-19 has wrought.

 

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22 November 2021

COVID-19 vaccines: Nepal leaves no people with disability behind

"Leave no one behind" has been one of the core pledges of the SDG 2030 agenda. In light of the COVID-19 situation, it is vital to consider the plight faced by people with disability. Nepal has lessons for us all.

27 September 2021

There is no vaccine equity without gender equality

On Thursday 23 September, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, global health leaders gathered to discuss gender equality in healthcare worldwide. Here’s what happened.

17 September 2021

Gavi at UNGA: Action for equity

The 76th UN General Assembly (UNGA 76) will take place from 14-30 September 2021. Could we see a breakthrough in the fight for universal vaccine access?

8 March 2021

International Women's Day 2021

For this year's International Women's Day VaccinesWork has interviewed a number of women leaders and front line workers who represent this year's IWD theme: #ChooseToChallenge

8 March 2021

International Women’s Day 2021: “Women come to me and I guide them”

This International Women’s Day Vaccines Work is hosting a series of interviews with inspirational women from across the world. Here Nighat Rani, a vaccinator in Pakistan, shows how her work rests on a bedrock of female empathy and understanding…

Last updated: 23 Dec 2021

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