The coronavirus pandemic is “far from over” and is still disrupting normal health services, especially life-saving immunisation for children in the poorest countries,.
World Health Organization (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this on Monday.
Tedros said that the vaccination programmesfor various diseases that have been made for children have been interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Children may be at relatively low risk from severe disease and death from COVID-19 but can be at high risk from other diseases that can be prevented with vaccines,” a news agency quoted Tedros as saying.
“The pandemic is far from over. We have a long road ahead of us and a lot of work to do,” he added.
Tedros also said that 21 countries are facing an acute shortage of vaccines due to border restrictions, halting travels and other strict measures that have been taken to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 200,000lives have been claimed globally due to the deadly virus.
According to the John Hopkins University tally, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has now reached 988469 in the US which is also highest case count in the world.
The second and third countries that have been worsely affected by the deadly virus are Spain and Italy.
According to the John Hopkins University tally, the total number of coronavirus cases in Spain and Italy are 229422 and 199414 respectively so far.