"Why Millions Of Kids Aren't Getting Their Routine Vaccinations"

"A new report released by UNICEF finds that 67 million children across the world missed out on either some or all routine vaccinations between 2019 and 2021, and 48 million children didn't receive a single dose during this time period.

"We've seen the largest sustained decline in the number of children reached with their basic childhood immunizations," says Lily Caprani, chief of global advocacy at UNICEF.

"And the consequences of that will be measured in children's lives. It's the largest continuous decline in childhood vaccinations in 30 years."

But preliminary data from 2022 (not included in the report) suggests some encouraging signs of an uptick in vaccinations in the past year."

Rhitu Chatterjee reports for NPR April 19, 2023.

Source: NPR, 04/20/2023