Covid-19 has led to a significant decline in childhood immunizations around the world in 2020

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Kinshasa, July 17th, 2021 (CPA).- The 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic (Covid-19) has led to a significant decline in the vaccination of children worldwide, i.e. 23 million children who have not received vaccines basic health services through routine health services in 2020, a joint report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reached the CPA on Friday.

According to the source, most of these children live in conflict-affected communities, underserved remote locations, or in informal settings or slums where they face multiple deprivations, including limited access to health services. Basic and essential social services.

« Multiple disease outbreaks would be catastrophic for communities and health systems already battling Covid-19, making it more urgent than ever to invest in childhood immunizations and ensure every child is reached. The source added.

UN agencies call for the Global Immunization Agenda 2030 to set ambitious goals to be achieved over the next 10 years, including 90% coverage for essential childhood vaccines, halving the number of children not fully immunized; and the increasing use of new life-saving vaccines such as rotavirus or pneumococcus in low- and middle-income countries. ACP/