25 million kids missed routine vaccinations because of Covid
About 25 million children worldwide have missed out on routine immunizations against common diseases like Diptheria, largely because the coronavirus pandemic disrupted regular health services or triggered misinformation about vaccines, according to the UN.
In a new report published Friday, the World Health Organisation and UNICEF said their figures show 25 million children last year failed to get vaccinated against Diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis, a marker for childhood immunization coverage, continuing a downward trend that began in 2019.
“This is a red alert for child health,” said Catherine Russell, UNICEF’s Executive Director. “We are witnessing the largest sustained drop in childhood immunization in a generation,” she said, adding that the consequences would be measured in lives lost. (AP)