1 in 4 children in the region is missing out on life-saving vaccines

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In only five years, the complete vaccination schedule for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) in Latin America and the Caribbean has dropped from 90 percent in 2015 to 76 percent in 2020, according to data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and UNICEF. This implies that one in four children in the region has not received the full schedule needed to protect them from multiple potentially life-threatening diseases.

While a negative trend in vaccination coverage could already be observed prior to the pandemic, a disruption of essential health services and the fear of catching COVID-19 at a vaccination spot, have left countless children without some of the most basic vaccines.

“The decline in vaccination rates in the region is alarming and puts millions of children and adolescents at risk of dangerous yet preventable diseases,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean. “The solution to this issue lies within the strengthening of immunization programmes and overall health systems.”

The 14 percentage point drop in vaccine coverage leaves nearly 2.5 million children without the complete DTP vaccination schedule. Of them, 1.5 million are “zero doses”: they have not even received the first dose of that vaccine.

 

Dangerous setback

The more children are missed out, the easier it becomes for contagious pathogens to spread. Pockets of under and unimmunization communities can then lead to outbreaks.  While in 2013 only 5 cases of diphtheria were reported in the Region, this number has jumped to almost 900 cases in 2018, respectively, according to PAHO data. Measles sets higher alarms because it is caused by a highly contagious virus: in 2013 there were almost 500 cases; but in 2019, more than 23,000 people got the disease.

“As countries recover from the pandemic, immediate actions are needed to prevent coverage rates from further dropping, because the re-emergence of disease outbreaks poses a serious risk to all of society,” Gough said. “This is an opportunity to restructure primary health care and reinforce the comprehensive and community approach that bring vaccines to the most vulnerable populations. We cannot lose the efforts of past decades and let dangerous diseases threaten the lives of children.”

UNICEF calls on governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to urgently strengthen or re-establish routine immunization programmes, develop campaigns to increase vaccine confidence and implement plans to reach all children and adolescents and their families with vaccination services; especially to the most vulnerable who do not have access to health services, due to their geographic location, migratory status or ethnic identity.

 

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  1. This article represents only one side of an argument… here is the other side:

    Government’s are not just in bed with vaccine manufacturers, they are the bed and even change the sheets for the vaccine industry. But the U.S. government promised African-Americans that never again would they be experimented upon when President Clinton apologized for the Tuskegee experiment, “The people who ran the study at Tuskegee diminished the stature of man by abandoning the most basic ethical precepts. They forgot their pledge to heal and repair.” That quote was part of Clinton’s apology back in 1997.

    Oh, how soon they forget and such apologies ring hollow. “The people who ran the study…” was our own Public Health Service. Perhaps, this is a good place to quote the 2005 UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights “Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information…The interests and welfare of the individual should have priority over the sole interest of science or society.”

    Compare that with FDA policy on vaccines: ““any possible doubts, whether or not well founded, about the safety of the vaccine cannot be allowed to exist in view of the need to assure that the vaccine will continue to be used to the maximum extent consistent with the nation’s public health objectives.” This was recorded in the Federal Register (vol 49, No. 107), and made specifically about the polio vaccine.

    ➡️ So, doubts about safety cannot be allowed to exist?
    An unambiguous policy that has nothing to do with science or public health. Considering how much of the world seems to blindly follow the lead of U.S. health agencies, or is coerced into following them, that FDA policy statement should be very alarming. The trust placed in U.S. agencies ignores that they have been compromised and captured by industry; furthermore, physicians and scientists who criticize this system of rampant corruption will be increasingly pilloried and attacked as incompetent, dishonest, and a dangerous menace to the public’s well-being.

    The value of vaccines is called into question when un-vaccinated and vaccinated populations are compared, which may be why so little is published in this area as the implication of such comparisons could destroy current global vaccine policies (market). In 2017, a rather unique study was published that examined the introduction of the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) and oral polio vaccine (OPV) in an urban community in Guinea-Bissau (Africa) in the early 1980s. The conclusion of this study stated,

    ➡️ “DTP was associated with 5-fold higher mortality than being unvaccinated.
    No prospective study has shown beneficial survival effects of DTP. Unfortunately, DTP is the most widely used vaccine, and the proportion who receives DTP3 is used globally as an indicator of the performance of national vaccination programs.

    “It should be of concern that the effect of routine vaccinations on all-cause mortality was not tested in randomized trials. All currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis. Though a vaccine protects children against the target disease it may simultaneously increase susceptibility to unrelated infections.”

    One might assume the intentions of most vaccine advocates is to help and protect children; however, by design (it seems) there is a pernicious lack of understanding about the risks involved. The indoctrination of today’s medical community that “vaccines save lives” is so ingrained no room is left for the reality that many vaccines are flawed, or that there are serious safety concerns. The malevolent aspects of this level of indoctrination has its own risks that reach far beyond medical malfeasance.

    When vaccines were found contaminated with glass fragments made by one manufacturer the FDA just accepted that the contamination would pose no risk because the manufacturer said so, and the FDA ignored it. Curiously, they are not ignoring the issue of retroviral contamination of vaccines, and have launched an investigation into this danger that is not disclosed to those who will get vaccinated. From the FDA website: “These latent, or ‘quiet,’ viruses pose a potential threat, since they might become active under vaccine manufacturing conditions.”

    That is an interesting admission that the FDA doesn’t actually know what level of threat these quiet viruses pose, given they did absolutely nothing when well over 98 million people were given the cancer-causing Simian Virus 40 (SV40) via the polio vaccine. When vaccines are the issue it is double talk and double standards, but vaccine policy must be protected – that is our nation’s health objective – to protect the use of vaccines and ignore, bury, deny or shred anything or anyone that suggests something other than vaccines are safe and save lives. In the U.S., the Pharmaceutical industry is the largest campaign donor to politicians and the largest advertiser in all forms of media, but even that level of influence should still yield to safeguards on human rights and bioethics. For when a medical intervention becomes shielded from liability and is then mandated by governments who are often in an unholy partnership with the corporations responsible for that intervention then we are all in peril. When coercion becomes part of the equation, a crime against humanity is being perpetrated. It is projected that by 2020, global vaccine revenues exceed $60 billion dollars, so with that amount of money in play vaccine and public health policies have been made to support the desires of a cabal…informed consent is perhaps the only remaining firewall.

  2. Proud of both of you @ Angel and @ Sugarapple, our critic’s are reduced to clichés and sound bites, because most have no clue whatsoever how to articulate and explain themselves in the written word.

    AGAIN, KEEP ON KEEPING ON … 👍

  3. One of the documents Pfizer submitted to the FDA states that the trial showed a positive ratio of benefits to side-effects. That statement is immediately followed by 9 pages of side-effects observed during the trial. Are these people serious? Now the hypocritical FDA is investigating Lucky Charms because a few people hit sick after eating it.

    In another doc, Pfizer admits that their product falls under the category of “gene therapy” and would be at risk of being rejected by the masses if categorized as such. Now you understand why they hurriedly changed the definition of vaccine. Ironically, this definition now also fits existing drugs which are known to be much safer such as ivermectin and HCQ.

    Are we supposed to ever take these people serious again?

  4. Do you think that traitors only come in white?

    Suppose with me for a minute, that all this “diversity” stuff is not directed at just white people, but directed at ALL the leaders of the world, so that they will believe they will share equally in the NWO. It’s all a lie. Telling them if they each will just get rid of their own riff-raff plebs…. a whole new world order of Nirvana will be possible. Ha Ha Ha Ha

    If you think that these globalist NWO types aren’t racists then you’re in for a rude awakening!

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