Tens of millions of children under 12 months are potentially at risk for diseases such as diphtheria and polio as the Chinese coronavirus pandemic interrupts routine vaccinations, according to data published by global public health experts on Friday.
More children in more countries are now protected against more vaccine-preventable diseases than at any point in history,” Gavi CEO Seth Berkley said in a statement.
Due to the pandemic, polio and measles vaccination campaigns have been heavily impacted, with the former having been halted in 27 countries.
But in one study, monkeys developed immunity against the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus after receiving experimental vaccines.
In all cases, as the production of immune system antibodies rose, viral load declined.