Health Desk- 22 Sep 2020: Safeguarding immunization services and ensuring equal access to a future COVID-19 vaccine is crucial to a successful pandemic response.
World Health Organization, GAVI and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies jointly organizing a high-level side-event on the occasion of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly on 23 September (09:30-11:00 EST).
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns ‘the avoidable suffering and death caused by children missing out on routine immunizations could be far greater than COVID-19 itself.’ The best way to mitigate the primary and secondary impacts of COVID-19 is to safeguard immunization services and strong health systems and ensure equitable access to future COVID-19 vaccines.
The aim of this event is to galvanize governments and humanitarian actors to safeguard interrupted immunization campaigns, outline key infrastructure that needs to be in place by the time a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, and highlight the need for global coordination to ensure equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted billions of lives and threatens to reverse decades of development gains.