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Some 25 million babies unvaccinated against preventable diseases

Some 25 million babies unvaccinated against preventable diseases

Geneva, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) Due to the decrease in global vaccination coverage in 2021, some 25 million babies have not been vaccinated against preventable diseases, an authorized source noted on Friday.
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According to a report prepared by the World Health Organization, in conjunction with the United Nations Children’s Fund, last year’s figure was two million higher than in 2020 and six million more compared to 2019.

According to this report, the current scenario shows the largest sustained decline regarding these health benefits in nearly 30 years.

The number of children who received three doses of the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP3) vaccine, a marker of immunization coverage within and across countries, fell by five percentage points between 2019 and 2021, to 81 percent.

The decrease was due to many factors, including the fact that a growing number of children live in fragile and conflict environments where access to immunization is difficult, or even with problems related to Covid-19 such as service and supply chain interruptions.

Moreover, at least 18 million of the estimated total affected children have not received a single dose of DTP this year, the vast majority of whom live in low- and middle-income countries, including India, Nigeria, Indonesia, Ethiopia and the Philippines, it added. .

Some of the nations with the largest relative increases in the number of babies who have not been given a single vaccine between 2019 and 2021 are Myanmar and Mozambique, the report said.

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