Corona crisis causes a drop in the number of children’s vaccinations
Due to the corona crisis, 23 million children worldwide will have missed vaccinations against diseases such as polio, measles and other “devastating but preventable diseases” by 2020, the report says. World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef Thursday. Of these children, 17 million did not receive any vaccine. Most children live in vulnerable communities, affected by conflict or in slums with limited access to health care. Worldwide, children are more likely to miss their vaccinations, but last year it was 3.7 million more than in 2019.
Compared to 2019, 3.5 million additional children missed their first dose of the DTP shot, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus and polio. Furthermore, 3 million children have not received their first measles shot in 2020. UNICEF director Henrietta Fore expresses her concern about the numbers. She sees how children did not always receive their vaccinations before the pandemic, but “the corona crisis has made a bad situation worse,” she says. “Vaccination distribution has always been unfair, but it doesn’t have to be that way.”
The pandemic is undoing years of progress in vaccinations, according to the WHO. In India, the number of children vaccinated against DTP has fallen from 91 to 85 percent. In the entire American continent, only 82 percent of children are fully protected against DTP, compared to 91 percent in 2016. Funding problems, misinformation about vaccinations and crises in the region are the cause, according to the WHO.
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In this blog keeps NRC the latest news about the corona crisis at home and abroad. These were the most important developments of Wednesday 14 July:
- Travel organization TUI will travel to reizen from Friday 16 July to 2 August cancel the Spanish islands. The reason is the orange travel advice for the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will apply from Friday.
- Dutch people who have made an appointment with the GGD from Monday to be vaccinated can faster than before for a second shot. During the debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening, outgoing minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health, CDA) said that the injection break will be shortened from 35 to 25 days.
- The outgoing cabinet advises to work from home as much as possible. That is what outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) said on Wednesday during the parliamentary debate on the corona crisis. Since June, the cabinet has stated that employees can return to their workplace for half of the week, provided they can keep enough distance from each other.
- Ventilation will be given a permanent place among the currently applicable basic advice in the corona policy (‘washing hands, distance, testing’). Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) promised this to the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
- Being at the RIVM on Tuesday 10,492 positive corona tests reported, 2,632 more than on Tuesday. One new corona death has also been registered, the national institute reported on Wednesday. These numbers may be higher due to delays in reports in recent days.
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