Expanded programme on immunization

23rd Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Immunization and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in the Western Pacific Region

17-20 June 2014 - Manila, Philippines

The Twenty-third Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Immunization and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in the Western Pacific Region was held from 16 to 20 June 2014 in Manila, Philippines. The meeting was attended by seven TAG members, three temporary advisors, 23 participants from 15 countries and areas, 36 representatives from partner organizations and WHO staff from headquarters, the Regional and country offices.

The TAG reinforced regional goals to remain polio-free, to eliminate measles and maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), and to achieve accelerated control of hepatitis B. The TAG noted progress in the elimination of measles and the remaining challenges of endemic transmission and endemic or imported outbreaks in several countries. For hepatitis B, the TAG recognizes that additional efforts are needed to achieve the 1% goal in all countries and areas, and to sustain the progress made. All but three countries in the Region have been validated to have eliminated MNT.

The TAG reaffirms its 2013 recommendation that the Western Pacific Region should establish a regional goal for rubella elimination. The TAG reiterates its advice that each Member State develops a national plan for evidence-based introduction of new vaccines for JE accelerated control. The TAG welcomes the final draft of the Regional Framework for Implementation of the Global Vaccine Action Plan in the Western Pacific 2013–2020, appreciates the broad consultation made in this process and supports the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific to seek endorsement for this framework from the Regional Committee.

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