Disrupted vaccination efforts affect millions

2020-05-23 at 18:40

The World Health Organization says millions of children are at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio as COVID-19 has disrupted routine vaccination efforts.

The UN has warned that approximately 80 million children under the age of one year are posed with the risk of infection to these diseases.

According to data collected by a number of organizations, provision of routine immunization services is substantially hindered in at least 68 countries and is likely to affect children living in these countries.

More than half of the 129 countries where data were available reported moderate-to-severe disruptions or a total suspension of vaccination services during March-April 2020.

Director-General of the WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom, explained that Immunization was one of the most powerful and fundamental disease prevention tools in the history of public health.