According tomedia reports, in recent months, the world is concerned about the new crown pandemic. Almost every public health agency and government is doing everything in their power to stop the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, it seems that a single focus on COVID-19 now gives other diseases a chance to thrive. As the New York Times reports, countries where diseases such as Ebola remain a major problem have had to reduce their efforts to combat them in order to focus on the new virus. Decades of progress in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases are now at risk of a sharp reversal in parts of Central and South America, as well as in places such as the Middle East.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a good example of how the new crown virus can spread locally in a very short period of time. As stated in the report, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is preparing to launch a mass vaccination campaign to combat measles, Ebola, tuberculosis and cholera. Two years ago, the country began preparing a mass vaccination programme, which will begin in early 2020.
Just when everything seemed to be in the water — (the vaccine is ready to save the lives of countless children) — the new crown virus pandemic has broken out. Health officials face a tough decision. Either vaccination programmes are allowed to continue, which means large numbers of people are gathered to receive the vaccine, or the vaccination programme is called off to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus from people in these equally crowded areas.
In the end, the country made a difficult decision to allow vaccination programs to be rolled out, but only in areas where there were no new crowns. At the same time, however, international flights to the country for vital vaccine supplies were cancelled because of the outbreak. The infrastructure that supports the distribution of vaccines has been paralysed, preventing countless children from receiving protective vaccines.
The problem is serious in these developing countries, but it also exists in places like the United States. In addition to the significant drop in vaccination rates, childbirth during the new coronavirus pandemic is significantly more complex for doctors, staff and pregnant women. Hospitals and clinics are treating the epidemic as a major threat, despite the gradual easing of restrictions in some U.S. states. Most are still complying with the blockade, taking temperature at the door and handing out masks to those who come in. These measures can help prevent hospitals from becoming a hot spot for pandemics, but low vaccination rates will remain in the future.