UNITED NATIONS, June 27 (Xinhua) -- A high level meeting bringing together technical experts, policymakers, and representatives from governments, civil society and the private sector will discuss how to combat misinformation on vaccines on Friday at the United Nations in New York.
The meeting, co-organized by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Permanent Mission of Japan, focuses on building trust on vaccines.
Experts will analyze how to improve stagnating or declining vaccination rates, and champion children's right to immunization.
UNICEF is to release a brief on the causes of vaccine hesitancy, based on trend data over the past four years.
Vaccines save millions of lives, yet in low- and middle-income countries, large numbers of children go unvaccinated mainly because of limited availability and access to services, according to UNICEF, but in some countries, an emerging threat is misinformation, largely through social media.