More than one in 10 children – almost 20 million worldwide – failed to receive potentially lifesaving vaccines in 2018, the UN said on Monday, citing obstacles including conflict, cost and complacency.

According to a joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 10 countries accounted for 11.7 of the 19.4 million under and non-vaccinated youngsters in the world, in particular Nigeria (three million), India (2.6 million) and Pakistan (1.4 million).

At the same time, global protection against four diseases that are regarded as a gauge of overall coverage – diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis  and measles – has “stalled” at around 86 per cent since 2010, the study found.

95 per cent coverage rate still eludes many countries

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