Covid could promote outbreak of other infectious diseases

DECRYPTION – The saturation of health systems has resulted in numerous delays in immunization programs and deprived millions of children of planned doses of vaccines.

On the occasion of Vaccination Week, Unicef, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Gavi alliance for vaccines, warn about the drop in vaccine coverage that the Covid 19 pandemic could induce in millions of children. Diseases such as measles, yellow fever and diphtheria could claim many lives if routine programs and mass vaccination campaigns continue to be disrupted, organizations warn. ” As we scale up the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines, we must ensure that this does not come at the expense of essential childhood vaccinations. We cannot allow the current fight against Covid-19 to jeopardize our fight against measles, polio or other vaccine-preventable diseases. Prolonged interruptions of immunization will have long-term consequences for the health of children. Now is the time to catch up

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