The who: “children will die” if countries stop vaccination because COVID-19

Monday, April 27, officials of the world health organization (who) has warned that children around the world die, if countries because of the coronavirus will stop or minimized their efforts to immunize against diseases such as polio .

Myths and misinformation about vaccines add fuel to the fire, putting vulnerable people at risk, said Dr. tedros adhanom Ghebreyesus, who Director-General, at a press conference. — When the vaccination coverage will be reduced, there will be new outbreaks, including life-threatening diseases such as measles and polio“.

Annually vaccinated more than 116 million children, or 86% of all children born in the world, but worldwide there are still more than 13 million children who are not vaccinated. We know that this number will increase due to COVID-19. The tragic reality is that children die as a result.”

According to the head of the who, any concerns related to the fact that children and parents infected COVID-19, high.

Children can be exposed to relatively low risk for severe disease and death from COVID-19, but may be at high risk due to other diseases that can be prevented with vaccines, “said Tedros.

According to him, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Global Alliance for vaccines and immunization) —a public-private partnership associated with the global immunization — calculated that at least 21 countries with a low level of the economy already reported about the shortage of vaccines because of problems with transportation.

According to Tadros, “the vaccination campaign against polio has been suspended“. He added that now with the start of flu season in the southern hemisphere is very important for everyone to get their seasonal flu vaccinations.

In the U.S. vaccination rates also fell. For example, the number of MMR vaccinations for children against measles, mumps and rubella — fell by 40% during the week.


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