Sumary of Could COVID-19 lead to measles and polio epidemics?:
- IStock-Teka77 UNICEF and the World Health Organization are calling for emergency action to avoid potential measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 disrupts normal immunisation programmes..
- The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting immunisations across the globe, and both UNICEF and the WHO are now calling for emergency action in order to protect the most vulnerable children from these deadly and preventable childhood diseases..
- The organisations issued the urgent call to action, estimating that $655m (€551.66m) – $400m for polio and $255m for measles – will be needed to address dangerous immunity gaps in non-Gavi (The Vaccine Alliance) eligible countries and target age groups..
- Protecting the most vulnerable In recent years, there has been a global resurgence of measles with ongoing outbreaks in all parts of the world, with measles at its highest number for two decades in 2019..
- Protection against measles and polio through vaccine programmes has been majorly disrupted during this year unprecedented health pandemic..
- “COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on health services and in particular immunisation services, worldwide, but unlike with COVID, we have the tools and knowledge to stop diseases such as polio and measles..
- A next-generation, novel oral polio vaccine and the forthcoming Measles Outbreak Strategic Response Plan are expected to be deployed over the coming months to help tackle these growing threats in a more effective and sustainable manner, and ultimately save lives…