As of May 22, 2020 7:16 pm

UN organizations warn millions of young children that there is an increased risk of developing polio or measles. The reason: In many countries, important routine vaccinations are hardly possible due to the corona pandemic.

According to the UN, up to 80 million children under the age of one are affected by vaccination failures due to the corona pandemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the UNICEF child welfare organization and the Gavi vaccination alliance, routine vaccination programs in at least 68 countries are currently being restricted by the corona crisis. This could cause outbreaks of serious diseases such as polio, diphtheria and measles.

Vaccination failures can be observed in both poor and rich countries. “Immunizations are one of the most powerful and important disease preventers in public health history,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, according to the release. The interruptions caused by the corona pandemic could turn back decades of progress, for example in the fight against measles.

Cause: delivery bottlenecks and exit restrictions

The reasons for the interruption of the vaccination campaigns are different: parents are reluctant to leave the house due to exit restrictions and the fear of being infected with the coronavirus. In addition, access to health facilities is sometimes only possible to a limited extent and travel to such facilities is difficult. Difficulties in the delivery of vaccines further exacerbated the situation.

International vaccination summit in June

According to the three organizations, vaccination campaigns against measles and polio are particularly affected. Measles vaccinations have been suspended in 27 countries, polio vaccinations in 38 countries.

Tedros urged states to maintain vaccination protection. An international vaccination summit should decide on further steps on June 4. Britain will host the online summit.




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