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COVID-19 pandemic leads to major backsliding on childhood vaccinations, new WHO, UNICEF data shows

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23 million children missed out on basic vaccines through routine immunization services in 2020 – 3.7 million more than in 2019 - according to official data published today by WHO and UNICEF.

This latest set of comprehensive worldwide childhood immunization figures, the first official figures to reflect global service disruptions due to COVID-19, show a majority of countries last year experienced drops in childhood vaccination rates.Concerningly, most of these – up to 17 million children – likely did not receive a single vaccine during the year, widening already immense inequities in vaccine access.

Most of these children live in communities affected by conflict, in under-served remote places, or in informal or slum settings where they face

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