vaccination

News in Brief 4 February 2021

  • Warlord found guilty of crimes against humanity in northern Uganda - ICC 
  • IFRC launches plan to help vaccinate 500 million against COVID-19 
  • Iran: rights experts alarmed over execution of Baloch minority prisoners 
Audio -
2'54"

UN health agency clears COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use  

To speed up access to COVID-19 vaccinations in the developing world, on the eve of the new year, the UN health agency approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine for emergency use. 

Measles cases hit 23-year high last year, killing 200,000 as vaccination stalls, WHO says

Measles killed an estimated 207,500 people last year after a decade-long failure to reach optimal vaccination coverage, resulting in the highest number of cases for 23 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a joint report on Thursday.  

‘Emergency action’ needed to prevent major polio, measles epidemics

Globally, millions of children are at a heightened risk of polio and measles – dangerous but preventable diseases – amid disruptions to vital immunization programmes due to the coronavirus pandemic, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have said.

Polio vaccination campaigns restart in Afghanistan and Pakistan after COVID-19 hiatus

Polio vaccination campaigns have resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, months after having been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. 

Pandemic putting immunization gains at risk, UN agencies warn

Disruptions in the delivery of immunization services resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic threaten to unravel global gains in reaching more children and young people with a wider range of vaccines, two UN agencies warned on Wednesday

‘Global solidarity’ needed, to find affordable, accessible COVID-19 vaccine

In the race to end the coronavirus pandemic, the UN chief reminded a virtual medical conference on Thursday that “a vaccine, by itself, is not enough”.  

Child vaccinations down in DR Congo, and COVID-19 is not helping: UNICEF

Fewer children are getting vaccinated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the COVID-19 pandemic is almost certainly going to make matters worse, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says. If the trend continues, it could trigger a resurgence in deadly childhood diseases such as polio, chickenpox, measles, yellow fever, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and meningitis.

News in Brief 15 May 2020

  • Bangladesh: First case of COVID-19 infection confirmed in Rohingya camp
  • UNICEF alert on vaccination and protection gaps in DR Congo linked to pandemic
  • Libya refugees and migrants ‘desperate’ amid food price spike: UNHCR
Audio -
3'35"

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.