30 September, by Ha Anh Pham
In 2020, 23 million children missed out on essential vaccinations due to the epidemic, an increase of 3.7 million compared to 2019, according to WHO and UNICEF official data. This stark data indicates that a majority of countries, especially developing countries, experienced substantial reduction in vaccination rates.
Immunization data from the World Health Organization and UNICEF indicate that countries’ decades of progress against life-threatening diseases is in serious jeopardy. While vaccination helps ensure children’s safety against deadly diseases, it can also be a marker of health disparities, as differences in access to or availability of services between populations still exist. It is now more urgent than ever to put a strong focus on closing immunization and health disparities.