Immunization coverage Are we losing ground?


Data collected by the WHO, UNICEF, Gavi, and the Sabin Vaccine Institute showed that country lockdowns measures had substantially hindered the delivery of immunization services in at least 68 countries, putting approximately 80 million children under the age of 1 at increased risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases. Understanding the severity and potential negative consequences of immunization service disruptions, including the possible resurgence of measles outbreaks, requires taking stock of trends in immunization coverage prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes looking at global trends, regional patterns, and variations across countries. Such baseline information provides the needed backdrop for tackling the risk that COVID-19 will turn back the clock on the success of immunization programmes around the world.