The Washington Post, December 2014
"In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as the world's population increased by about 1 billion." A new report from the Lancet shows that half of these gains came from reductions in pneumonia, diarrhea, and measles. This article focuses on the impact of vaccines specifically.