With vaccination in decline worldwide, tens of millions of children are at risk

Le Covid-19 continues to have repercussions all over the world. La vaccination contre la rougeole, maladie potentiellement mortelle, is in decline worldwide since the pandemic, mettant en danger des dizaines de millions d’enfants, alerté a world report published Wednesday. “Deci trois ans, nous sonnons l’alarme sur les taux de vaccination en declin, and the risk accru pour the health des children in the world”, said in a statement Ephrem Tekle Lemango, in charge des programs de vaccination à l ‘ Unicef. « Nous avons une fenêtre de tirrée pour regagner le terrain perdu », at il prévenu. A cause of Covid-19, “immunization programs on the grave were affected, of the soul of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the patron of the World Health Organization (WHO). Behind every statistic in this report, there is an at-risk child facing a preventable disease. »

In 2021, some 40 million children will miss a dose of the measles vaccine – the first dose for 25 million of them, and the second for 14.7 million -, according to a joint report from the WHO and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The world rate of vaccine coverage for the first dose is ainsi au plus bas depuis 2008. Parmi les comptant le plus grand nombre d’enfants non immunisés se trouven le Nigeria, l’Inde, la République démocratique du Congo, l’Ethiopie et l ‘Indonesia.

Measles, a highly contagious viral infection against which there is no treatment once infected, derives its name from the red plaques it causes on the body, plus notably high fevers and possible pulmonary complications. Une couverture vaccinale très élevé est necessaire to achieve collective immunity. The report estimates 9 million household names in the world in 2021, including 128,000 deaths. In total, 22 countries experienced important epidemics last year, especially in Africa and the Middle East.

The number of infections has dropped spectacularly since 2000, but the estimated number of cases and deaths was higher in 2021 than in 2020, according to these travaux. In April, the WHO avait prevenu que les cas signalés de rougeole had exploded by almost 80% au cours des deux premiers mois de 2022, compared to the same period of the previous year. “Il n’y a pas de temps à perdre, nous devons travailler urgentment pour nous assurer que ces vaccins vitalaux arrive jusqu’à chaque enfant”, said Elizabeth Cousens, presidente de la Fondation pour les Nations unies.

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