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Measles cases are up 80 percent as the pandemic disrupts routine immunization campaigns.
For the past two years, the world has focused its attention on the fight against COVID-19.
But that has disrupted prevention and treatment programs for other diseases.
Millions of children have not received crucial vaccines for preventable diseases such as measles, polio and yellow fever.
The World Health Organization says measles cases rose nearly 80 percent in January and February, compared to the same period last year.
Almost 17 million children did not receive a single vaccine in 2020.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that 57 mass immunization campaigns in 44 countries have been suspended since the coronavirus pandemic began.
So what needs to be done to get childhood vaccines back on track?
Presenter: Dareen Abuhaida
Dr. Nadeem Jan: Public Health Physician who led Pakistan’s polio vaccination program
Shabir Madhi – Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of Vaccinology, University of the Witwatersrand
Dr Bharat Pankhania – Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School