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At least 80 million babies could get polio, measles, or diphtheria if not vaccinated

May 22, 2020

Around 80 million children under the age of one could develop diseases such as diphtheria, measles or polio because they were not vaccinated in time as vaccination campaigns worldwide are disrupted by the measures taken against them COVID-19, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) World Health Organization (WHO) and GAVI have alarmed this Friday.

According to data collected from these three organisms and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, routine vaccination services have changed significantly in at least 68 countries, and this could affect approximately 80 million children under one year of age living in them.

Between March and April, 53 percent of the 129 countries with available data had moderate to severe vaccination disorders or a complete cessation of vaccination services. Vaccination against measles and polio was the most affected. The first was suspended in 27 countries, while polio vaccination was stopped in 38 countries.

At least 80 million babies could get polio, measles, or diphtheria if not vaccinated
At least 80 million babies could get polio, measles, or diphtheria if not vaccinated

As the WHO Director-General recalled, “Vaccination is one of the most effective and fundamental tools for disease prevention in public health history.” He warns, “The suspension of vaccination programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress against diseases that can be avoided with vaccines such as measles.”