WHO, CDC Warn Measles Vaccination Lapse Causing ‘Imminent Threat’

Millions of children throughout the United States and the world could become susceptible for catching measles due to a recent record lapse in vaccinations, the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned in a press release Wednesday.

“The paradox of the pandemic is that while vaccines against COVID-19 were developed in record time and deployed in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programs were badly disrupted, and millions of kids missed out on life-saving vaccinations against deadly diseases like measles,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in the release. “Getting immunization programs back on track is absolutely critical. Behind every statistic in this report is a child at risk of a preventable disease.”

According to the joint release, a record 40 million children missed a dose of the vaccine in 2021, resulting in a “significant setback” in eliminating the disease throughout the world.

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