Almost 80 million babies can get sick with measles and polio because of the pandemic, COVID-19

Почти 80 млн младенцев могут заболеть корью и полиомиелитом из-за пандемии COVID-19

About 80 million children under one year of age at risk of Contracting measles, diphtheria, and polio because of the failures of vaccine programs in connection with the spread of the coronavirus. This was reported in a joint statement, world health organization, the Global Alliance for vaccines and immunization and the UN Children’s Fund.

According to them, routine immunization is strongly hampered in 68 countries and will affect nearly 80 million children under one year of age.

More than half (53 per cent) of the 129 countries that reported moderate and serious malfunctions or complete suspension of vaccination in March-April of 2020.

It is noted that such undermining of immunization on a global scale is unprecedented since the establishment of the expanded programme on immunization in the 1970-ies.

“Immunization is one of the most powerful and fundamental means of prevention of diseases in the history of public health. Violation of the immunization to the pandemic COVID-19 threatens to undermine decades of progress in the fight against such preventable diseases as measles,” said the Director General of the who tedros adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Many countries temporarily suspended the preventive mass vaccination campaign against typhoid fever, measles, meningitis, yellow fever, cholera, polio and tetanus in connection with the risk of infection and the need to keep a distance in the early stages of a pandemic of coronavirus, reports RIA Novosti.

So, the campaign for the measles suspended in 27 countries, and campaigns against polio in 38 countries. About 24 million people in 21 countries with a low income may miss out on vaccines against rotavirus, HPV, measles, typhoid, yellow fever, cholera, polio, meningitis and rubella due to the postponement of campaigns and the introduction of new vaccines.