Measles: Millions of children worldwide missed first vaccine, says UN
25 April 2019 | 12:37 pm
Millions of children in high- and low-income countries have missed the first dose of the measles vaccine since 2010, according to UNICEF. It said the numbers of children missing the second dose were "even more alarming."
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While the European Medicines Agency approved a third dose for people over 18-years-old, the agency said it was up to member states to decide whether to use them.
While the coronavirus pandemic has had a "significant" impact on children and adolescents' mental health, it is "just the tip of the iceberg," says UNICEF.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday endorsed the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine, the first against the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 400,000 people a year, mostly African children.
At a World Health Organization press briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic, United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, argues that maintaining unequal access to vaccines between rich and poor countries is not only "immoral" but also "stupid" because it risks allowing the rise of variants resistant to current vaccines.
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