The collateral damage from the pandemic continues to multiply. More than 13 million children around the world have not received any vaccines since last year. Launching an alert, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) calls on governments to step up their action by warning against the dangers of the disruption of immunization services in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The stakes have never been higher. As Covid-19 continues to spread globally, our vital work to deliver vaccines to children is essential, ”says Robin Nandy, Senior Advisor and Chief Immunization Officer at Unicef. With the disruption in immunization services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the fate of millions of young people is at stake. Unicef estimates that 182 million children missed the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2018, or 20.3 million children per year on average. Indeed, global coverage of the first dose of measles is only 86%, well below the 95% needed to prevent measles outbreaks.
Recall that in Morocco, the Ministry of Health has already announced that childhood vaccination activities are maintained in all health centers in the kingdom and in private medical practices. This despite the current situation of the Covid 19 epidemic. The ministry has also assured that organizational and preventive measures are planned to protect children, parents and health workers against the epidemic.