WHO and UNICEF Warn of a Decline in Vaccinations During COVID-19

Source: Targeted News Service | Published on MSD Connect: October 2020 | HK-NON-00163 Oct/2020

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) issued the following news release:

The World Health Organization and UNICEF warned of an alarming decline in the number of children receiving life-saving vaccines around the world. This is due to disruptions in the delivery and uptake of immunization services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to new data by WHO and UNICEF, these disruptions threaten to reverse hard-won progress to reach more children and adolescents with a wider range of vaccines, which has already been hampered by a decade of stalling coverage.

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

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