1. At least 80 million children under one at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio as COVID-19 disrupts routine vaccination efforts, warn Gavi, WHO and UNICEF  World Health Organization
  2. Polio and Measles Could Surge After Disruption of Vaccine Programs  The New York Times
  3. At least 80 million infants could be at risk of various diseases as coronavirus outbreak disrupts routine vaccination  CNBC
  4. Experts underscore COVID-19 threat to global progress on child immunization  UN News
  5. 80 million infants are at risk as lockdowns put vaccines on hold - Business Insider  Business Insider
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   COVID 19 is disrupting life-saving immunization services around the world, putting millions of children – in rich and poor countries alike – at risk of diseases like diphtheria, measles and polio. This stark warning comes from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance ahead of the Global Vaccine Summit on 4 June, at which world leaders will come together to help maintain immunization programmes and mitigate the impact of the pandemic in lower-income countries.   According to data collected by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Gavi and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, provision of routine immunization services is substantially hindered in at least 68 countries and is likely to affect approximately 80 million children under the age of 1 living in these countries. Routine immunization of children disrupted Since March 2020, routine childhood immunization services have been disrupted on a global scale that may be unprecedented since the inception of expanded programs on immunization (EPI) in the 1970s. More than half (53%) of the 129 countries where data were available reported moderate-to-severe disruptions, or a total suspension of vaccination services during March-April 2020. “Immunization is one of the most powerful and fundamental disease prevention tools in the history of public health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Disruption to immunization programmes from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to unwind decades of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases like measles.”“At the 4 June Global Vaccine Summit in London, donors will pledge their support to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to sustain and accelerate this lifesaving work in some of the most vulnerable countries. From the bottom of my heart, I urge donors to fully fund the Alliance. These countries, these children especially, need vaccines, and they need Gavi.”The reasons for disrupted services vary. Some parents are reluctant to leave home because of restrictions on movement, lack of information or because they fear infection with the COVID-19 virus. And many health workers are unavailable because of restrictions on travel, or redeployment to COVID response duties, as well as a lack of protective equipment.“More children in more countries are now protected against more vaccine-preventable diseases than at any point in history,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, Gavi CEO. “Due to COVID-19 this immense progress is now under threat, risking the resurgence of diseases like measles and polio. Not only will maintaining immunization programmes prevent more outbreaks, it will also ensure we have the infrastructure we need to roll out an eventual COVID-19 vaccine on a global scale.”Transport delays of vaccines are exacerbating the situation. UNICEF has reported a substantial delay in planned vaccine deliveries due to the lockdown measures and the ensuing decline in commercial flights and limited availability of charters. To help mitigate this, UNICEF is appealing to governments, the private sector, the airline industry, and others, to free up freight space at an affordable cost for these life-saving vaccines. Gavi recently signed an agreement with UNICEF to provide advance funding to cover increased freight costs for delivery of vaccines, in light of the reduced number of commercial flights available for transport. “We cannot let our fight against one disease come at the expense of long-term progress in our fight against other diseases,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “We have effective vaccines against measles, polio and cholera. While circumstances may require us to temporarily pause some immunization efforts, these immunizations must restart as soon as possible, or we risk exchanging one deadly outbreak for another.”Next week, WHO will issue new advice to countries on maintaining essential services during the pandemic, including recommendations on how to provide immunizations safely.Mass immunization campaigns temporarily disruptedMany countries have temporarily and justifiably suspended preventive mass vaccination campaigns against diseases like cholera, measles, meningitis, polio, tetanus, typhoid and yellow fever, due to risk of transmission and the need to maintain physical distancing during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Measles and polio vaccination campaigns, in particular, have been badly hit, with measles campaigns suspended in 27 countries and polio campaigns put on hold in 38 countries. At least 24 million people in 21 Gavi-supported lower-income countries are at risk of missing out on vaccines against polio, measles, typhoid, yellow fever, cholera, rotavirus, HPV, meningitis A and rubella due to postponed campaigns and introductions of new vaccines.   In late March, concerned that mass gatherings for vaccination campaigns would enflame transmission of COVID-19 WHO recommended countries to temporarily suspend preventive campaigns while assessments of risk, and effective measures for reducing COVID virus transmission were established.WHO has since monitored the situation and has now issued advice to help countries determine how and when to resume mass vaccination campaigns. The guidance notes that countries will need to make specific risk assessments based on the local dynamics of COVID-19 transmission, the health system capacities, and the public health benefit of conducting preventive and outbreak response vaccination campaigns.   Based on this guidance, and following growing concerns about increasing transmission of polio, the  Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), is advising countries to start planning for the safe resumption of polio vaccination campaigns, especially in polio high-risk countries.Despite the challenges, several countries are making special efforts to continue immunization. Uganda is ensuring that immunization services continue along with other essential health services, even funding transportation to ensure outreach activities. And in Lao PDR, despite a national lockdown imposed in March, routine immunization in fixed sites continued with physical distancing measures in place. Notes to editorsDownload photos and broll from UNICEF  and WHO. New polio guidance available here.About the AnalysisVaccination campaigns Total # of  countries with postponed campaigns as of 15 May*Measles/ Measles Rubella/ Measles Mumps Rubella (M/MR/MMR)27Polio (IPV)7Bivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (bOPV)26Monovalent Oral Poliovirus Type 2 (mOPV2)13Meningitis A (MenA)2Yellow Fever (YF)4Typhoid (TCV)2Cholera (OCV)5Tetanus (Td)7The online immunization pulse survey was conducted with over 800 immunization experts, including representatives of Ministries of Health and global health organizations across 107 countries. 53 of these were lower-income countries supported by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The data on campaigns is based on data reported to WHO by member states as of 15 May 2020. Data on reasons for the disrupted services also came from regions and a survey on the training platform Scholar with 1600 respondents. On 4 June the UK government will host the Global Vaccine Summit, which will aim to raise at least US$ 7.4 billion for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to protect 300 million children in 68 lower-income countries against deadly diseases from 2021-25. This funding will help support the mass vaccination campaigns and rebuilding of health systems needed over the coming years to help address the damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic.The World Health Organization provides global leadership in public health within the United Nations system. Founded in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States, across six regions and from more than 150 offices, to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable. Our goal for 2019-2023 is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and wellbeing.The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments with six partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the vaccine alliance. Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped to immunise a whole generation – over 760 million children – and prevented more than 13 million deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 developing countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting health systems as well as funding global stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningitis and yellow fever vaccinesThe Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. View the full list of donor governments and other leading organizations that fund Gavi’s work here. UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org. For more information about COVID-19, visit www.unicef.org/coronavirus. Follow UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook.      COVID 19 is disrupting life-saving immunization services around the world, putting millions of children – in rich and poor countries alike – at risk of diseases like diphtheria, measles and polio. This stark warning comes from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance ahead of the Global Vaccine Summit on 4 June, at which world leaders will come together to help maintain immunization programmes and mitigate the impact of the pandemic in lower-income countries.   According to data collected by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Gavi and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, provision of routine immunization services is substantially hindered in at least 68 countries and is likely to affect approximately 80 million children under the age of 1 living in these countries. Routine immunization of children disrupted Since March 2020, routine childhood immunization services have been disrupted on a global scale that may be unprecedented since the inception of expanded programs on immunization (EPI) in the 1970s. More than half (53%) of the 129 countries where data were available reported moderate-to-severe disruptions, or a total suspension of vaccination services during March-April 2020. “Immunization is one of the most powerful and fundamental disease prevention tools in the history of public health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Disruption to immunization programmes from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to unwind decades of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases like measles.”“At the 4 June Global Vaccine Summit in London, donors will pledge their support to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to sustain and accelerate this lifesaving work in some of the most vulnerable countries. From the bottom of my heart, I urge donors to fully fund the Alliance. These countries, these children especially, need vaccines, and they need Gavi.”The reasons for disrupted services vary. Some parents are reluctant to leave home because of restrictions on movement, lack of information or because they fear infection with the COVID-19 virus. And many health workers are unavailable because of restrictions on travel, or redeployment to COVID response duties, as well as a lack of protective equipment.“More children in more countries are now protected against more vaccine-preventable diseases than at any point in history,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, Gavi CEO. “Due to COVID-19 this immense progress is now under threat, risking the resurgence of diseases like measles and polio. Not only will maintaining immunization programmes prevent more outbreaks, it will also ensure we have the infrastructure we need to roll out an eventual COVID-19 vaccine on a global scale.”Transport delays of vaccines are exacerbating the situation. UNICEF has reported a substantial delay in planned vaccine deliveries due to the lockdown measures and the ensuing decline in commercial flights and limited availability of charters. To help mitigate this, UNICEF is appealing to governments, the private sector, the airline industry, and others, to free up freight space at an affordable cost for these life-saving vaccines. Gavi recently signed an agreement with UNICEF to provide advance funding to cover increased freight costs for delivery of vaccines, in light of the reduced number of commercial flights available for transport. “We cannot let our fight against one disease come at the expense of long-term progress in our fight against other diseases,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “We have effective vaccines against measles, polio and cholera. While circumstances may require us to temporarily pause some immunization efforts, these immunizations must restart as soon as possible, or we risk exchanging one deadly outbreak for another.”Next week, WHO will issue new advice to countries on maintaining essential services during the pandemic, including recommendations on how to provide immunizations safely.Mass immunization campaigns temporarily disruptedMany countries have temporarily and justifiably suspended preventive mass vaccination campaigns against diseases like cholera, measles, meningitis, polio, tetanus, typhoid and yellow fever, due to risk of transmission and the need to maintain physical distancing during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Measles and polio vaccination campaigns, in particular, have been badly hit, with measles campaigns suspended in 27 countries and polio campaigns put on hold in 38 countries. At least 24 million people in 21 Gavi-supported lower-income countries are at risk of missing out on vaccines against polio, measles, typhoid, yellow fever, cholera, rotavirus, HPV, meningitis A and rubella due to postponed campaigns and introductions of new vaccines.   In late March, concerned that mass gatherings for vaccination campaigns would enflame transmission of COVID-19 WHO recommended countries to temporarily suspend preventive campaigns while assessments of risk, and effective measures for reducing COVID virus transmission were established.WHO has since monitored the situation and has now issued advice to help countries determine how and when to resume mass vaccination campaigns. The guidance notes that countries will need to make specific risk assessments based on the local dynamics of COVID-19 transmission, the health system capacities, and the public health benefit of conducting preventive and outbreak response vaccination campaigns.   Based on this guidance, and following growing concerns about increasing transmission of polio, the  Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), is advising countries to start planning for the safe resumption of polio vaccination campaigns, especially in polio high-risk countries.Despite the challenges, several countries are making special efforts to continue immunization. Uganda is ensuring that immunization services continue along with other essential health services, even funding transportation to ensure outreach activities. And in Lao PDR, despite a national lockdown imposed in March, routine immunization in fixed sites continued with physical distancing measures in place. Notes to editorsDownload photos and broll from UNICEF  and WHO. New polio guidance available here.About the AnalysisVaccination campaigns Total # of  countries with postponed campaigns as of 15 May*Measles/ Measles Rubella/ Measles Mumps Rubella (M/MR/MMR)27Polio (IPV)7Bivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (bOPV)26Monovalent Oral Poliovirus Type 2 (mOPV2)13Meningitis A (MenA)2Yellow Fever (YF)4Typhoid (TCV)2Cholera (OCV)5Tetanus (Td)7The online immunization pulse survey was conducted with over 800 immunization experts, including representatives of Ministries of Health and global health organizations across 107 countries. 53 of these were lower-income countries supported by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The data on campaigns is based on data reported to WHO by member states as of 15 May 2020. Data on reasons for the disrupted services also came from regions and a survey on the training platform Scholar with 1600 respondents. On 4 June the UK government will host the Global Vaccine Summit, which will aim to raise at least US$ 7.4 billion for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to protect 300 million children in 68 lower-income countries against deadly diseases from 2021-25. This funding will help support the mass vaccination campaigns and rebuilding of health systems needed over the coming years to help address the damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic.The World Health Organization provides global leadership in public health within the United Nations system. Founded in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States, across six regions and from more than 150 offices, to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable. Our goal for 2019-2023 is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and wellbeing.The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments with six partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the vaccine alliance. Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped to immunise a whole generation – over 760 million children – and prevented more than 13 million deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 developing countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting health systems as well as funding global stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningitis and yellow fever vaccinesThe Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. View the full list of donor governments and other leading organizations that fund Gavi’s work here. UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org. For more information about COVID-19, visit www.unicef.org/coronavirus. Follow UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook.   

At least 80 million children under one at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio as COVID-19 disrupts routine vaccination efforts, warn Gavi, WHO and UNICEF

A new study of 129 countries found that the interruption of inoculation efforts could put 80 million babies at risk of getting deadly, preventable diseases.A new study of 129 countries found that the interruption of inoculation efforts could put 80 million babies at risk of getting deadly, preventable diseases.

Some 80 million babies worldwide are at higher risk of diseases as the Covid-19 pandemic hinders routine vaccinatios, global health officials warned Friday.Some 80 million babies worldwide are at higher risk of diseases as the Covid-19 pandemic hinders routine vaccinatios, global health officials warned Friday.

WHO warns millions of children at risk as pandemic disrupts vaccinations

“UN agencies said today that disruption of routine vaccination programs due to #Covid puts 80 million children at risk of getting preventable diseases (diphtheria, measles, polio). Reminder of the everyday heroic, quiet work of @UNICEF & @WHO, both of which Trump wants to defund.”

Samantha Power on Twitter: "UN agencies said today that disruption of routine vaccination programs due to #Covid puts 80 million children at risk of getting preventable diseases (diphtheria, measles, polio). Reminder of the everyday heroic, quiet work of @UNICEF & @WHO, both of which Trump wants to defund."

“Best and most ironic side effect of staying home for the pandemic and waiting for a vaccine? The WHO now thinks at least 80 million babies have now missed their normal vaccines. What a world we live in.”

Alex Hutchinson on Twitter: "Best and most ironic side effect of staying home for the pandemic and waiting for a vaccine? The WHO now thinks at least 80 million babies have now missed their normal vaccines. What a world we live in."

“Pandemic halts vaccination for nearly 80 million children https://t.co/ifxQ2v3wVt”

Abdul Hamid Ahmad on Twitter: "Pandemic halts vaccination for nearly 80 million children https://t.co/ifxQ2v3wVt"

“At least 80 million children under one at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio as COVID-19 disrupts routine vaccination efforts, warn Gavi, WHO and UNICEF https://t.co/BFwzSxtyDX”

Juergen Baetz on Twitter: "At least 80 million children under one at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio as COVID-19 disrupts routine vaccination efforts, warn Gavi, WHO and UNICEF https://t.co/BFwzSxtyDX"

Global experts in health and child welfare have again highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting access to routine immunization services worldwide, putting millions of young lives at risk of killer diseases such as diphtheria, measles and pneumonia. |Global experts in health and child welfare have again highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting access to routine immunization services worldwide, putting millions of young lives at risk of

Experts underscore COVID-19 threat to global progress on child immunization | | UN News

Since the 70s, when many of these immunization programs began, this is the largest interruption of vaccination services there has ever been.Since the 70s, when many of these immunization programs began, this is the largest interruption of vaccination services there has ever been.

80 million infants are at risk as lockdowns put vaccines on hold - Business Insider

COVID-19 has stifled the world’s largest immunization program. Yet polio’s vast workforce is also helping in the fight against the new diseaseCOVID-19 has stifled the world’s largest immunization program. Yet polio’s vast workforce is also helping in the fight against the new disease

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The coronavirus pandemic is putting tens of millions of children's lives at risk by disrupting routine immunisation programmes, the World Health Organization and UNICEF said Friday. The United Nations agencies joined forces with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to warn that the pandemic has severelyThe coronavirus pandemic is putting tens of millions of children's lives at risk by disrupting routine immunisation programmes, the World Health Organization and UNICEF said Friday. The United Nations agencies joined forces with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to warn that the pandemic has severely

Disrupted vaccinations pose deadly threat to 80m kids: UN

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore says world cannot exchange ‘one deadly outbreak for another’ - Anadolu AgencyUNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore says world cannot exchange ‘one deadly outbreak for another’ - Anadolu Agency

80M children at risk due to no vaccinations: UNICEF

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Coronavirus: Millions of infants at risk as pandemic disrupts vaccination efforts for other diseases, WHO warns - The National

World health officials will issue guidance to countries to continue with vaccination campaigns amid the coronavirus pandemic.World health officials will issue guidance to countries to continue with vaccination campaigns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

80 million children under age one at risk as pandemic disrupts routine vaccinations | TheHill

World health officials will issue guidance to countries to continue with vaccination campaigns amid the coronavirus pandemic.World health officials will issue guidance to countries to continue with vaccination campaigns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

80 million children under age one at risk as pandemic disrupts routine vaccinations | TheHill

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By Stephanie Nebehay and John Miller Massive disruptions to global immunisation programmes from the COVID-19 pandemic have health experts fearful that much of the developing world will not be able to get a vaccine for the new coronavirus, even once one is ready. U.N. agencies and the GAVI vaccine alliance...

Disruption to global immunization system could delay COVID-19 vaccinations - Cyprus Mail

Disruption to global immunization system could delay COVID-19 vaccinations - Cyprus Mail

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted vaccination campaigns around the world, leaving kids vulnerable to diseases like measles and polio.The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted vaccination campaigns around the world, leaving kids vulnerable to diseases like measles and polio.

80 million children can’t get vaccines because of the coronavirus pandemic: WHO - National | Globalnews.ca

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted vaccination campaigns around the world, leaving kids vulnerable to diseases like measles and polio.

80 million children can’t get vaccines because of the coronavirus pandemic: WHO - National | Globalnews.ca

Countries must take 'every measure necessary' to ensure routine immunisation continues, UN and Gavi warnCountries must take 'every measure necessary' to ensure routine immunisation continues, UN and Gavi warn

Nearly 100m babies at risk of measles and polio due to cancelled vaccination services

Some 80-million children worldwide could be at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases like diphtheria, measles and polio due to disruption of routine immunisation during the Covid-19 pandemic, UN agencies and the GAVI vaccine alliance said on Friday.Some 80-million children worldwide could be at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases like diphtheria, measles and polio due to disruption of routine immunisation during the Covid-19 pandemic, UN agencies and the GAVI vaccine alliance said on Friday.

80-million children at risk of measles, polio as vaccines disrupted - WHO, Unicef

As many as 80 million babies worldwide are missing out on vaccines because of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization saidAs many as 80 million babies worldwide are missing out on vaccines because of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said

At least 80 million babies missing out on vaccines worldwide, WHO says

LONDON (AP) -- The coronavirus pandemic is interrupting immunization against diseases including measles, polio and cholera that could put the lives ofLONDON (AP) -- The coronavirus pandemic is interrupting immunization against diseases including measles, polio and cholera that could put the lives of

Pandemic halts vaccination for nearly 80 million children - The Mainichi

80 million children at risk of measles, polio as vaccines disrupted: WHO, UNICEF - International - World - Ahram Online

UNICEF reported a significant delay in planned vaccine deliveries due to lockdown measuresUNICEF reported a significant delay in planned vaccine deliveries due to lockdown measures

Pandemic halts vaccination for nearly 80 million children | Europe – Gulf News

Pandemic halts vaccination for nearly 80 million childrenPandemic halts vaccination for nearly 80 million children

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The coronavirus pandemic is putting tens of millions of children's lives at risk by disrupting routine vaccination programmes.The coronavirus pandemic is putting tens of millions of children's lives at risk by disrupting routine vaccination programmes.

Disrupted vaccinations pose deadly threat to 80 million children ― UN