Coronavirus pandemic postpones vaccinations against other diseases, worried about children: WHO


NATIONAL | APRIL 28, 2020:

The World Health Organization warned Monday that children across the world will die as the coronavirus pandemic forces some countries to temporarily halt vaccinations for other deadly diseases such as polio.

At least 21 countries are reporting vaccine shortages as a result of travel restrictions meant to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference at the agency's Geneva headquarters. "The tragic reality is children will die as a result."

World Health Organisation has warned that the coronavirus pandemic is yet far from over and is still disrupting normal health services, especially for children in the poorest countries.

Tedros expressed concerned about rising numbers of cases and deaths in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some Asian countries, even as the numbers flatten or decline in some wealthier nations. He told that a second wave of infections could be prevented with the right actions.

Tedros expressed concern that the health of children was being threatened by the impact of the coronavirus emergency on vaccination programmes for other diseases.