Warn of impending syringe shortage that could affect routine vaccinations



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The middle- and low-income countries of everyone could face the impending shortage of syringes of which they account health officials both from the United Nations and from African countries.

This shortage, they indicate is given As Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Increase, and would affect routine vaccinations.

“We do not anticipate a shortage of the standard syringes used in high-income countries,” the UN children’s agency said in a statement. shortage could affect more than 2 billion disposable syringes of those that are automatically blocked to prevent them from being used again.

The shortage is attributed to “Significant increase in demand”, affectations in the supply chain, prohibition by some countries to export syringes, as well as an unpredictable quantity of vaccines.

In the African continent, the doses of vaccines against covid-19 are finally beginning to arrive, after long delays. In the least protected region of the world, less than 6% of the 1.3 billion people are fully vaccinated. The goal of fully vaccinating 40% of the population by the end of the year would be achievable for just five of the 54 countries Africans.

“The shortage of syringes could stall progress”, Warns for his part the director for Africa of the World Health Organization, Matshidiso Moeti.

The countries that have already suffered delays in receiving syringes are South Africa, Kenya and Rwanda, among others. In this third country, the shortage of syringes already represents a problem for the vaccination campaign.

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