Pandemic behind ‘largest backslide in childhood vaccination in a generation’ – U.N

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By Jennifer Rigby LONDON (Reuters) – Around 25 million children around the world missed out on routine vaccinations that protect against life-threatening diseases last year, as the knock-on effects of the pandemic continue to disrupt health care globally. That is two million more children than in 2020, when COVID-19 caused lockdowns around the world, and six million more than pre-pandemic in 2019, according to new figures released by Unicef and the World Health Organization. Unicef described the drop in vaccination coverage as the largest sustained backslide in childhood vaccination in a gener…

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