Vaccines prevented 37 million deaths in LMICs in the last 20 years
Vaccine programmes in low- and middle-income countries have prevented 37 million deaths in the last 20 years alone – 36 million in children under 5.
These are the findings of the most comprehensive study of the impact of vaccination programmes yet undertaken, published today in The Lancet.
The research, led by an international consortium including researchers at Imperial College London, shows the success is predicted to continue, with a further 32 million deaths predicted to be prevented by vaccination programmes by 2030 (28 million deaths prevented in under-5s), if progress is sustained.
Professor Neil Ferguson said: “These findings show that since 2000, 36 million children under 5 have been saved by vaccines and another 28 million will be saved by 2030.
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