Vaccine bottlenecks from COVID lockdown put children’s lives at stake: UNICEF

Two men from the Eñepa ethnic group transport vaccines to the rural outpatient clinic of San José de Kayamá, Bolivar state, Venezuela, inFebruary 2020. Help is needed urgently to distribute vaccines worldwide amid dramatic shortages because of COVID-19 restrictions, the UN Children’s Fund ( UNICEF ) said on Friday. It has warned that youngsters’ lives “are at stake” owing to the dramatic decline in commercial flights and limited availability of charters. Governments, the private sector, the airline industry, and others have been approached to free up freight space at an affordable cost, “and to work with us to find ways around the transport disruptions we face”, said UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado. “Children’s lives are at stake.” @UNICEF is calling for support to unblock a massive backlog in #vaccine shipments due to unprecedented logistical constraints related to #COVID19 lockdowns in some countries. pic.twitter.com/igqyZmG1kx — UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) May 1, 2020 […]

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