Today, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) launched a new global strategy for immunization, which will be implemented before 2030, on the occasion of the “World Vaccination Week”, corresponding to April 24-30.
The strategy aims to focus on routine immunization throughout life, from childhood and adolescence to the elderly, to prevent 50 million deaths, 75% of which are in middle and low-income countries.
She indicated that 90% of the basic vaccinations were covered, to reduce the number of children who do not receive any vaccines in half, while increasing investments to make vaccines accessible to everyone, as well as including new untapped vaccines in national plans for immunization, such as the vaccines for Covid-19 and human papillomavirus.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, called on countries of the world to ensure the provision of routine vaccination services, to avoid the outbreak of many life-threatening diseases such as measles, yellow fever, diphtheria (diphtheria) and meningitis.
He pointed out that more than 20 million children were left behind before the pandemic and did not receive vaccinations, and the number increased after the disruptions caused by Covid-19.
A World Health Organization study confirmed that despite the start of the recovery of immunization services from the disruptions caused by the Corona epidemic, millions of children are still vulnerable to deadly diseases, indicating that more than a third of the countries surveyed (37%) still suffer from disorders of routine vaccinations. Mass vaccination campaigns are disrupted, and 60% of these life-saving campaigns are postponed, exposing 228 million people to contracting deadly diseases.
The study indicated that measles vaccination campaigns are the most affected, as it was more than a year late for 140 million people to receive the measles vaccine, which is one of the most rapidly spreading diseases. UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said that even before the Covid-19 pandemic, there were worrying signs that the world was losing track of the gains it had made in combating preventable childhood diseases, and that the pandemic had exacerbated the situation. Seth Berkeley, CEO of Jaffe, called for ensuring that routine immunization programs are prioritized, and that no child is left behind.