How to improve childhood vaccination rates disrupted by COVID-19? | Coronavirus pandemic

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Measles cases increased by 80% as the pandemic disrupted routine vaccination campaigns.

Over the past two years, the world’s attention has focused on the fight against COVID-19.

But that has disrupted programs to prevent and treat other diseases.

Millions of children have missed out on important immunizations for preventable diseases, including measles, polio and yellow fever.

The World Health Organization said measles cases increased by nearly 80% in January and February, compared with the same period last year.

Nearly 17 million children will not be vaccinated at all by 2020.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says 57 mass vaccination campaigns in 44 countries have been suspended since the coronavirus pandemic began.

So, what needs to be done to get children vaccinated back on track?

Presenters: Dareen Abughaida


Dr. Nadeem Jan – Public health physician, leader of Pakistan’s polio vaccine program

Shabir Madhi – Dean of Health Sciences and Professor of Immunization, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr. Bharat Pankhania – Senior Clinical Lecturer, Medical University of Exeter

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