COVID-19 and Routine Immunizations Alert
While immunization is one of the most successful public health interventions, coverage has plateaued over the last decade. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated disruptions have strained health systems, with 25 million children missing out on vaccinations in 2021, 5.9 million more than in 2019 and the highest number since 2009. WHO
The value of vaccines goes far beyond the prevention of illness and disease. Good health is a gateway to improved educational outcomes, gender equity, and social and economic prosperity.
Yet, worldwide one in five children go without
the protection of vaccines each year.
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