Vaccines work to help prevent diseases

Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (DTP) failed to reach 19.9 million children worldwide in 2017. This statistic is a strong indicator of how well a nation is disseminating vaccines to children within their borders.

Through the efforts of international organizations such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization working toward the 90 percent national coverage goal of the Global Vaccine Action Plan, a record 123 million children were vaccinated in 2017.

However, there are still 71 countries that have failed to reach this goal, leaving millions more children without access to life-saving vaccinations. This affects...