If I had to name one tool that saves more lives than any other in global health, it would be vaccines. Between 2011 and 2020, childhood vaccine programs will:
- Save more than 20 million lives.
- Prevent nearly 1 billion cases of illness.
- Create $12 billion in savings from illnesses that don't have to be treated, and more than $800 million in economic gains as those children grow up to lead healthy, productive lives.
I find this news so encouraging. But 20 million is such a big number, it's hard to picture what it really means. What does 20 million really look like?
20M people follow Lady Gaga on Twitter. (But I’m catching up!)
20M live and work in Tokyo.
20M watch the National Dog Show every year.
No matter how you look at it, 20 million lives saved is amazing progress. And it’s a great reminder of why vaccines are such a phenomenal investment.