Covid: the pandemic has awakened another virus which threatens 40 million children, the WHO gives the alert

The Covid epidemic has caused a delay in vaccination. For the WHO, “the situation is serious”.

the covid changed our lives. It has been nearly three years since the pandemic started, and it is not finished yet. Many experts around the world even sound thealert on a possible resurgence of the epidemic this winter. The fault of new variants. It remains to be seen what virulence this strain will have.

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In the meantime, the Covid and its effects continue to unfold.

Last April, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef ​​warned of the return of measles : 80% more new cases worldwide in the first two months of the year. The WHO then constantly sounded the alarm about the risk of “absolute disaster” if the dangerous delay in the vaccination children because of the Covid-19 pandemic was not caught up and if health restrictions were lifted too quickly.

“The situation is serious”

Nearly six months later, the WHO is giving it a layer. According to a report published this Wednesday, November 23, “Measles vaccination coverage has steadily declined since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, nearly 40 million children missed a dose of measles vaccine, a record: 25 million children missed missed their first dose and an additional 14.7 million children missed their second dose, according to a joint publication by WHO and the US CDC”.

For WHO, “the situation is serious”. Vaccination coverage of 95% or more and two doses of vaccine is necessary to ensure herd immunity. To date, it is 81% for the first dose and 71% for the second, the lowest global rates since 2008.

“The paradox of the pandemic is that while COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time and rolled out in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programs were severely disrupted and millions of children missed life-saving vaccines against deadly diseases like measles.”details the director general of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “It is absolutely essential to get immunization programs back on track. Behind every statistic in this report is a child at risk of a preventable disease”.

In 2021, 9 million cases and 128,000 deaths from measles were reported worldwide. Twenty-two countries have experienced large and disruptive outbreaks.

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