The World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday (local time) that measles vaccinations have dropped significantly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in nearly 40 million children being vaccinated last year. The record of non-availability of vaccine doses reached a high level.
The steady decline in measles vaccinations
WHO and the CDC said in a joint report that now the risk of measles outbreaks in different regions around the world is fast approaching, and the coronavirus has led to a continuous decline in measles vaccination and disease surveillance, Which is worrying.
40 million children missed measles vaccine dose
Measles is one of the most contagious human viruses and is almost completely preventable through vaccination. However, 95 percent of vaccination is needed to prevent community outbreaks. The joint report said that in 2021, about four crore children missed the dose of the measles vaccine.
The organization's scientist Patrick O'Connor said that in 2021, about 40 million children missed the measles vaccine due to the corona pandemic, the barriers created by the WHO and the CDC. While its cases have not increased as compared to previous years. Narrowing it down will be a challenging 12-24 months.