Health experts fear an outbreak of the polio virus in the Americas during the “Covid-19” pandemic due to delay in vaccinations and monitoring.
Experts at the Pan American Health Organization emphasized that countries in the region should continue polio vaccinations and monitoring during the new Corona virus pandemic to prevent outbreaks, according to the American “CNN” network.
The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa Etienne, said that although the region has overcome polio before, if vaccination rates are allowed to drop significantly, they will be vulnerable to the spread of polio in their communities again.
“That is why it has become more important than ever to play our role in protecting and continuing to eradicate polio in our region, while we await countries in other parts of the world to achieve this goal,” she stressed.
According to the PAHO, the pandemic has overwhelmed surveillance and immunization systems designed to capture and respond to vaccine-preventable diseases.
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