Global childhood deaths will increase

Millions of routine vaccinations missed because of covid disruptions.

COVID-19 pandemic and global childhood vaccinations

COVID-19 pandemic fuels largest continued backslide in vaccinations in three decades

Global vaccination coverage continued to decline in 2021,


Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) (DTP3)

5% down between 2019 and 2021

25 million children missed out on one or more doses of DTP in 2021

18 million, zero doses

India, Nigeria, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Philippines, Myanmar, Mozambique

devastating but preventable diseases


Children living in conflict and fragile settings

Increased misinformation

COVID-19 related issues

Service and supply chain disruptions

Resource diversion

Containment measures, limited service access

Catherine Russell, UNICEF Executive Director

This is a red alert for child health.

We are witnessing the largest sustained drop in childhood immunization in a generation.

The consequences will be measured in lives

We need immunization catch-ups for the missing millions or we will inevitably witness more outbreaks,

more sick children and greater pressure on already strained health systems

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

Global coverage of first dose of HPV vaccine, 15%

A backdrop of rapidly rising rates of severe acute malnutrition

Weakened immunity and missed vaccinations

a child survival crisis

First dose measles coverage

Dropped to 81% in 2021

24.7 million children missed first measles dose

5.3 million more than in 2019–perfect-storm–of-conditions-for-measles-outbreaks–affecting-children

January and February 2022

17,338 measles cases

January and February 2021

9,665 measles cases


140,000 measles deaths

mostly among children under the age of five


Ninety-nine percent of responding members said the system was either in crisis (70%) or already beyond crisis (29%)

End of Life Choice Act 2019

7 November 2021, terminal illness, meet specific criteria, ask for help to end life.


The administration of assisted dying medication can only be done by a medical practitioner, or a nurse practitioner

Euthanasia and assisted suicide


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