(NEW YORK POST) – WHO officials warned Monday that children across the globe will die as countries halt or scale back their immunization efforts for deadly diseases such as polio amid the coronavirus.
“Myths and misinformation about vaccines are adding fuel to the fire, putting vulnerable people at risk,” said Dr. Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, at a press conference.
“When vaccination coverage goes down, more outbreaks will occur, including of life-threatening diseases like measles and polio.
“Every year, more than 116 million infants are vaccinated, or 86 percent of all children born globally, but there are still more than 13 million children around the world who miss out on vaccination. We know that that number will increase because of COVID-19,” Tedros said.
“The tragic reality is that children will die as a result.”