immunization

News in Brief 14 May 2020

  • UN leads call to protect most vulnerable, from COVID mental health crisis
  • Presidents and Prime Ministers lead call for ‘people’s vaccine’
  • Chemical industry must step up, to prevent more Bhopal-like disasters: UN expert
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PODCAST: Coronavirus vaccine race must not overshadow ‘routine immunizations’

Countries must not forget routine lifesaving immunizations for diseases like measles, while racing to find a vaccine that will save millions of lives and end the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s the message from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) vaccination programme director, Professor Kate O'Brien, who’s been talking in-depth to UN News for this latest Lid is On podcast, stressing also the importance of getting the facts, as misinformation rages online.

Music credit: Ketsa, ‘Live With No Fear’

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COVID-19 putting routine childhood immunization in danger: UN health agency

As the new coronavirus continues its relentless march across the planet, with nearly 2.9 million cases reported as of Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) remains concerned about the pandemic’s impact on other health services, especially for children.

News in Brief 27 April 2020

  • ‘Toxic lockdown culture’ of repressive measures affects most vulnerable
  • Yemen needs cooperation between parties more than ever, says UN negotiator
  • Immunization week focuses on 20 million children who lack lifesaving vaccines
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Millions more children at risk with immunization services disrupted amid COVID-19 pandemic 

Last year, over 13 million children received no vaccines at all, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is calling on governments to step up, warning disrupting immunization services amid the COVID-19 pandemic could leave even more of the world’s most marginalized children without access to life-saving vaccines. 

COVID-19 isolation threatens life-saving vaccinations for millions of children globally

As countries around the world continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 117 million children risk missing out on measles vaccines, two UN agencies warned in Geneva on Tuesday.

News in Brief 12 September 2019

  • Guterres on West Bank annexation plan
  • Immunization gap statement-- UN Health Agency
  • Protestor rights in China/Hong Kong
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We’re going in the wrong direction on measles prevention, says UN health expert

Rapid action is needed in every region of the world to get countries back on track in the global fight against measles, amid a projected near-doubling in the number of cases, since 2017.  That’s according to Dr. Katherine O’Brien from the World Health Organization (WHO). Here she is speaking to Sarah Mbengue from UN News in Geneva. 

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Record 123 million infants received at least one vaccine in 2017, says UN

A record-breaking total of around 123 million, or nine out of 10, infants, received at least one dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine in 2017, protecting them from deadly infectious diseases, according to United Nations figures released on Monday.

Vaccines are protecting more children than ever, but millions still miss out on routine immunizations – UN

At the start of World Immunization Week , the United Nations on Tuesday said that while vaccines are protecting more children than ever, more countries need to make immunization a priority, because more than one million children still die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases.