Previous   Next
HomeHealthMore Than 22 Million Babies Missed Their First Dose of Measles During...

More Than 22 Million Babies Missed Their First Dose of Measles During Pandemic

The global threat of measles has become worse after 22 million babies missed their vaccinations because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday (10 Nov).

Measles is one of the most contagious viruses known and still kills more than 60,000 people a year, mostly young children. But it killed more than a million a year as recently as 2000.

Globally in 2019, 19 million infants missed their first dose; this increase to 22 million marks the biggest jump in two decades, which creates “dangerous conditions for outbreaks,” the organizations warned.

Only 70% of kids received their second dose last year, which is well below the 95% threshold needed to protect communities, the organizations said.

The number of measles cases actually dropped in 2020 to 7.5 million, but Dr. Kate O’Brien, the director of WHO’s department of immunization, vaccines and biologicals, warned in a statement, “evidence suggests we are likely seeing the calm before the storm as the risk of outbreaks continues to grow around the world.”

“It’s critical that countries vaccinate as quickly as possible against COVID-19, but this requires new resources so that it does not come at the cost of essential immunization programs,” O’Brien said. “Routine immunization must be protected and strengthened; otherwise, we risk trading one deadly disease for another.”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More News

India Has Two Major Obstacles In Dealing With China: Jaishankar 

Speaking at the media summit, Mr. Jaishankar said asserted that India has two enormous handicaps in dealing with China including the defeat in the...

Assam CM’s Dig At Rahul Gandhi Says Rahul Gandhi Looks Like Saddam Hussain

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in his latest dig at Rahul Gandhi said that the Congress leader's looks have changed and he looks...

Nearly 75% Twitter Employees Layoffs In A Month, Will Elon Musk’s New Policy Be Able To Assure The Employees

After cutting nearly 75% workforce of Twitter in less than a month since the takeover, Elon Musk is now reported to have kept the...


More Than A Billion Young People Risk Hearing Loss: Study

More than 1 billion teens and young people are potentially at risk of hearing loss because of their use of headphones and earbuds and...

Vitamin B3 Supplements May Increase Risk of Cancer: Study

New research from the University of Missouri in the US has found that common vitamin B3 dietary supplements can increase the risk of serious...

Does Your Policy Cover Mental Illnesses?

These days mental health issues have become more predominant, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic, due to increased stress and anxiety levels. There could be...