UNICEF, WHO Call For Urgent Action To Prevent Polio, Measles Epidemics, Resume Immunizations Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
U.N. News: ‘Emergency action’ needed to prevent major polio, measles epidemics
“Globally, millions of children are at a heightened risk of polio and measles — dangerous but preventable diseases — amid disruptions to vital immunization programs due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have said. According to the two U.N. agencies, immunization rates in some countries have fallen by as much as 50 percent, with people unable to access health services because of lockdown and transport disruptions, or unwillingness due to fear of contracting COVID-19…” (11/6).
Additional coverage of the U.N. agencies’ call for emergency action is available from Becker’s Hospital Review, The Guardian, and VOA News.
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