WHO / COVID-19 VACCINES

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WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus said, “As the world comes together to develop a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19, we must not forget the dozens of lifesaving vaccines that already exist and must continue to reach children everywhere.” WHO

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DATELINE: 22 MAY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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22 MAY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, WHO officials at presser
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“As the world comes together to develop a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19, we must not forget the dozens of lifesaving vaccines that already exist and must continue to reach children everywhere. Initial analysis suggests the provision of routine immunization services is substantially hindered in at least 68 countries and is likely to affect approximately 80 million children under the age of one living in these countries.”
3. Wide shot, WHO officials at presser
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Any suspension of childhood vaccination services is a major threat to life. WHO is working with governments around the world to ensure supply chains remain open and life-saving health services are reaching all communities.”
5. Wide shot, WHO officials at presser
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The epidemic of misinformation has also harmed vaccination in recent years, and we call on everyone to do more to prevent rumours and pseudo-science from undermining public health efforts that save millions of lives. In June, the UK Government will host the Global Vaccine Summit and we ask world leaders to commit to fully funding Gavi for its lifesaving work.”
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“It has been five months since COVID started upending the lives of billions of people around the world, and we know for sure that its impact on children will last long and cut deep. We fear that COVID-19 is a health crisis that is quickly turning into a child rights crisis.”
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10. Dr Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer, Gavi:
“If we neglect the supply chains and immunization infrastructure that keep these programs running, we also risk harming our ability to roll out the COVID-19 vaccines that represent our best chance of defeating this pandemic when they are ready. So this is the problem we're facing. The solution, however, is absolutely clear. Countries must take every step necessary to keep this routine system going and continue to vaccinate.”
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STORYLINE:

WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus said, “As the world comes together to develop a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19, we must not forget the dozens of lifesaving vaccines that already exist and must continue to reach children everywhere.”

Speaking today (22 May) at a joint virtual press conference with UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and Gavi CEO Seth Berkley, Tedros said initial analysis suggests the provision of routine immunization services is “substantially hindered in at least 68 countries and is likely to affect approximately 80 million children under the age of one living in these countries.”

Tedros underscored that any suspension of childhood vaccination services is a “major threat to life.” He said WHO is working with governments around the world to ensure supply chains remain open and “life-saving health services are reaching all communities.”

The head of the WHO also addressed “the epidemic of misinformation” which he said had also “harmed vaccination in recent years.” He called on everyone to do more to “prevent rumours and pseudo-science from undermining public health efforts that save millions of lives.”

Tedros asked world leaders to commit at the Global Vaccine Summit in June to fully funding Gavi for its “lifesaving work.”


UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said it has been five months since COVID-19 started “upending the lives of billions of people around the world, and we know for sure that its impact on children will last long and cut deep.” She expressed fears that COVID-19 was quickly turning from a health crisis “into a child rights crisis.”

Gavi CEO Seth Berkley stressed that “if we neglect the supply chains and immunization infrastructure,” the world also risks harming its ability to “roll out the COVID-19 vaccines that represent our best chance of defeating this pandemic when they are ready.” He said the solution is “absolutely clear” and called on countries to “take every step necessary to keep this routine system going and continue to vaccinate.”

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, helps vaccinate almost half of the world’s children against deadly and debilitating diseases.
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