Lancet study estimates about 50,000 excess deaths across globe due to disrupted routine vaccinations: Report

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New Delhi: Nearly 50,000 more deaths are estimated to take place between 2020 and 2030 due to pandemic-related disruptions to vaccination, as per a new research conducted by The Lancet Global Health. The study has been published in the The Lancet Global Health journal.For the study, the researchers have studied the impact of COVID-19 on the coverage of measles, rubella, human papillomavirus (HPV), Hepatitis B, Meningitis A, and yellow fever vaccinations.

Along with these deaths, over 30,000 deaths have been anticipated from Africa alone and about 13,000 deaths have been predicted from Southeast Asia mainly due to disruption to measles vaccine coverage. While on the other hand, over 44,500 more deaths have been estimated to be due to the disruption to measles vaccination. The study further highlighted the potential burden and opportunity for mitigation in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) African and Southeast Asia regions, especially for measles.

80 per cent of excess deaths estimated between 2020 and 2023

The team of researchers from the study also noted that catch-up activity can prevent about 80 per cent of the excess deaths between 2023 and 2030. The author the study highlighted in the study that these estimates are the first of the effects implications for fighting the excess burden since the estimates of coverage reductions were published. Moreover, the researchers used modelling groups from the Vaccine Impact Modelling Consortium from 112 low- and middle-countries to estimate vaccine effects for 14 disease-causing pathogens.

The consortium was conducted at the Imperial College UK and was hosted by the coordinates with research teams to model the impact of vaccination programmes across the world, the website mentioned. Lastly, as per the study, there is a need for timely catch-up activities and interventions to address the affected vaccine groups. As well as the researchers also called for ‘continued global, concerted efforts’ and ‘strong political commitment’, which will be crucial for overcoming existing battles and increasing healthcare strength.

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