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New Delhi: Researchers have predicted the possibility of a major measles outbreak in 2021 due to missed vaccination amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a study titled Actions needed now to prevent further increases in measles and measles deaths in the coming years, published in the journal Lancet on 12 November, experts suggest ‘three pillars’ of action needed to address the concerning situation. These are: 1) helping countries vaccinate their children through catch-up and campaigns, 2) countries need to prepare for expected outbreaks, and 3) maintain measles and rubella elimination targets provided by WHO’s new Measles Rubella Strategic Framework 2021-2030 in alignment with the Immunization Agenda 2030.
Lead author Professor Kim Mulholland, from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Chair of the WHO’s SAGE Working Group on measles and rubella vaccines, said many children have missed out on measles vaccination this year, making future measles outbreaks inevitable.
Professor Mulholland said while 2020 had been a quiet year for measles, in part due to travel reductions and national Covid-19 control measures, the economic impacts would lead to many cases of childhood malnutrition.
The study mentioned that the WHO estimates that by the end of October 2020, delayed vaccination campaigns in 26 …
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