Unicef warns against global measles outbreaks – ET HealthWorld

United Nations, Measles cases spiked around the world in the first two months of 2022, triggering concerns about larger outbreaks, the Unicef warned. Almost 17,338 measles cases were reported worldwide in January and February 2022, compared with 9,665 during the first two months of 2021, Xinhua news agency quoted the Unicef as saying in an update As measles is very contagious, cases tend to show up quickly when vaccination levels decline, it added. As of April 2022, there were 21 large and disruptive measles outbreaks around the world in the…

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Covid will always be an epidemic virus — not an endemic one, scientist warns

JaruekChairak | iStock | Getty Images Covid-19 will never become an endemic illness and will always behave like an epidemic virus, an expert in biosecurity has warned. Raina MacIntyre, a professor of global biosecurity at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, told CNBC that although endemic disease can occur in very large numbers, the number of cases does not change rapidly as seen with the coronavirus. “If case numbers do change [with an endemic disease], it is slowly, typically over years,” she said via email. “Epidemic diseases, on the other…

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Covid vaccine skepticism may be fueling ‘worrisome’ rise in wider anti-vax sentiment, doctors say

Protestors demonstrate against Covid vaccine mandates outside the New York State Capitol in Albany, New York, on January 5, 2022. Mike Segar | Reuters Skepticism toward Covid-19 vaccines could be fueling a “worrisome” rise in broader anti-vax sentiment, doctors have said. Professor Liam Smeeth, a physician and director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told CNBC he was concerned that vaccine hesitancy around Covid was “creeping into” sentiment toward other vaccines. “I’m concerned it’s making people think: ‘oh, well, maybe the measles vaccine isn’t great either, and…

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Covid-19: All universal vaccine programmes to be linked to CoWin – ET HealthWorld

REUTERS/Karen Pulfer Focht PUNE: Linking of the entire Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) under the ministry of health and family welfare to CoWin is in the works, a central government official with portal management team said on Friday. “The ministry provides vaccines to infants, children and pregnant women through UIP. Discussions are on to integrate the entire programme with CoWin as it is likely to have almost 80 crore registrations in the next few months after Covid vaccination for children is started. This means that not just Covid inoculations but all…

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