WHO Vaccination Drive to Restore Progress Lost During Pandemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with Immunization Agenda 2030 and many other global and national health partners, have announced "The Big Catch-up", a targeted global effort to boost vaccination among children following declines driven by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The effort aims to reverse the declines in childhood vaccination recorded in over 100 countries since the pandemic, due to overburdened health services, closed clinics, and disrupted imports and exports of vials, syringes and other medical supplies.

The announcement comes after Burundi declared its first polio outbreak in over 30 years which the local government deemed a national emergency, prompting a vaccination campaign to combat the disease.


A health worker prepares to vaccinate a student in Adukrom in the Eastern Region, Ghana (file photo).

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