The joint WHO/UNICEF/World Bank briefing served primarily to launch their State of the World’s Vaccines and Immunization Report.

While the report contained encouraging results, these organizations stressed the need to continued vigilance and called on donor nations to address the funding gap that still leaves millions of children at risk.

The briefing, held on October 21, 2009 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., was attended by approximately 100 people (media, NGOs, UN agencies, country delegations and academics) and was also webcast to a larger audience.