Covid: The pandemic has awakened another virus that threatens 40 million children, WHO warns

The vaccination has been delayed due to the Covid epidemic. For the WHO, “the situation is serious”.

The Covid our lives changed. It’s been almost three years since the pandemic started and it’s not finished yet. Many experts around the world even sound thealarm about a possible resurgence of the epidemic this winter. The fault of new variants. It remains to be seen what virulence this strain will have.

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Meanwhile, the Covid and its consequences continue to unfold.

Last April, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF warned of the return of the measles : 80% more new cases worldwide in the first two months of the year. The WHO then constantly sounded the alarm about the risk of “absolute disaster” as the dangerous delay in the vaccination children was not caught up due to the Covid-19 pandemic and if health restrictions were lifted too quickly.

“The situation is serious”

Nearly six months later, the WHO is coating it. According to a report published on Wednesday, November 23, “Measles vaccination coverage has been steadily declining since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, nearly 40 million children missed a dose of measles vaccine, a record: 25 million missed children missed their first dose and another 14.7 million children missed their dose.” second dose, according to a joint publication by the WHO and the US CDC”.

For whom, “the situation is serious”. A vaccination coverage of 95% or more and two doses of vaccine are required to ensure herd immunity. To date, this is 81% for the first dose and 71% for the second, the lowest global rates since 2008.

“The paradox of the pandemic is that while COVID-19 vaccines were developed and rolled out in record time in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programs were severely disrupted and millions of children missed life-saving vaccines against deadly diseases such as measles. “describes WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “It is imperative to get vaccination programs back on track. Behind every statistic in this report, there is a child at risk of a preventable disease.”.

In 2021, 9 million cases and 128,000 deaths from measles were reported worldwide. Twenty-two countries have experienced major and disruptive outbreaks.

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