Unicef and the World Health Organization have called for urgent action to prevent millions of child deaths that could be avoided from measles and polio by continuing mass vaccination caused by the Covid pandemic. -19 interrupted.
Although there are no vaccines against coronavirus, they say, there are still very effective vaccinations against these two killer diseases and that children should not be put at risk. They say measles vaccination prevented 23.2 million deaths between 2000 and 2018, and polio is on the verge of elimination before the pandemic hits, with more than 18 million people walking around. paralyzed if not vaccinated.
Two UN organizations estimate that it takes $ 655 million (£ 500 million) urgently to fill the opening gaps in vaccination services against the two diseases.
“We cannot allow the war against one deadly disease to make us lose our support in the fight against other diseases,” said Unicef CEO Henrietta Fore. “Addressing the global Covid-19 pandemic is very important. But other deadly diseases also threaten the lives of millions of children in some of the poorest regions of the world.
The two organizations are calling for global action from national leaders, donors and partners. “We need additional financial resources to continue our immunization campaigns safely and prioritize critical immunization systems to protect children and prevent diseases other than Covid- 19.