So many vaccination syringes against the corona virus are now being administered that the syringes for routine vaccinations run out. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a global shortage of needles in the coming year. Due to the CoV vaccination campaigns, one to two billion syringes could be missing in 2022, said Lisa Hedman, WHO senior advisor on access to medicines and health products, in Geneva today.
Because of these bottlenecks, routine vaccinations could be delayed worldwide, warned Hedman. If an entire generation of children missed the usual childhood vaccinations, it could have public health implications for years to come.
According to the news agency, more than 7.25 billion CoV vaccine doses have been administered worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic. That is almost twice as many peaks as are required for the annual routine vaccinations.