The World Health Organization began its daily briefing with an urgent warning that millions of children around the world are in danger of missing critical routine immunizations.
At least 80 million children under the age of 1 are at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio as the pandemic disrupts routine vaccination efforts, according to the WHO and UNICEF.
World leaders will come together on June 4 for the Global Vaccine Summit to help maintain immunization programs and mitigate the impact of the pandemic in lower-income countries, the WHO said.
“Disruption to immunization programs from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to unwind decades of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases like measles,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director general, said in a statement.
The WHO briefing also touched on the pandemic’s progression throughout the world, including that South America has “become a new epicenter.”
Brazil was said to be the most affected country at this point.
As for vaccines, the WHO said there are now 10 in clinical studies, meaning they have progressed to a stage where they are being tested in people.
There are at least 114 vaccines still being tested in a lab, according to the WHO.
Source : ABC News