The COVID-19 virus is reminding the world that infectious diseases are everywhere, and that pandemics can kill thousands of people.
As scientists work hard on a new vaccine for COVID-19, the spread of the virus is an important reminder that vaccines save lives and keep us healthy.
Diseases once feared worldwide — diphtheria, measles, polio and smallpox — are under control, and in some places eradicated, because of vaccines. Vaccines prevent an estimated 2.5 million deaths annually among children under the age of 5. But many more die because they don’t get vaccines.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work in partnership with international agencies, countries and private companies to create effective vaccines to combat COVID-19, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, influenza and other deadly diseases and promote global health.
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