WHO and UNICEF: fewer children have access to life-saving vaccines worldwide due to the pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF warned of an alarming decline in the number of children receiving life-saving vaccines around the world because of COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

It seems that the number of children who can accede to vaccines is lowering day by day. This condition is due to the disruption in the delivery and uptake of immunization services caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. India is one of the countries that is suffering the most of this condition.

 

UNICEF and WHO: COVID-19 pandemic is jeopardizing the vaccines for children

According to new data reported by WHO and UNICEF, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic caused disruptions that threaten to reverse the progress to reach more children and adolescents with a wider range of vaccines. The situation has already been hampered by a decade of stalling coverage. Now, the progress that has been reached so hardly is about to be turned upside down.

The example of the Human PapillomaVirus vaccine is important. The latest data on vaccines coverage estimates from WHO and UNICEF for 2019 shows that improvements such as the expansion of the vaccine to 106 countries and greater protection for children against more diseases are in danger of lapsing.

 

Vaccines for children, the findings on the influence of the pandemic worldwide

UNICEF and WHO conducted a survey in collaboration with the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings demonstrated three-quarters of the 82 countries which responded reported COVID-19-related disruptions in their immunization programmes as of May 2020.

Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director said that COVID-19 has made previously routine vaccination a worrying challenge.

 

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REFERENCES

WHO: Immunization Coverage report (updated, 15 July 2020)

UNICEF

US Centres for Disease Control

Sabin Vaccine Institute

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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