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Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the United States

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 07:00
American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their families who have been in one of the countries listed in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States but will be redirected to one of 13 airports.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers: Getting Started

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 07:00
The CDC has designed a toolkit to help community-based organizations (CBOs) educate communities about new COVID-19 vaccines.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Correctional and Detention Facilities

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 07:00
Resources for Correctional and Detention Facilities
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Social Media Toolkit: COVID-19 & Mental Health

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 07:00
Provides messages and graphics to help ensure current, correct messaging from a trusted source, create collateral materials, and share resources regarding COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern pose a higher risk for hospitalisation and intensive care admission

ECDC - News - Wed, 04/28/2021 - 15:00
Since the discovery of SARS-CoV-2, three variants of concern (VOC), first identified in the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351), and Brazil (P.1), have been associated with higher transmissibility and severity of disease, with potential implications for acquired immunity or the effectiveness of current vaccines.
Categories: C.D.C. (Europe)

Social Media Toolkit: Communities, Schools & Workplaces

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Wed, 04/28/2021 - 07:00
Provides messages and graphics to help ensure current, correct messaging from a trusted source, create collateral materials, and share resources regarding COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Previous COVID-19 Forecasts: Hospitalizations

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Wed, 04/28/2021 - 07:00
Learn about COVID-19 forecasts and modeling for new hospitalizations.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

It's not Telepathy; It's Telepathology

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Wed, 04/28/2021 - 07:00
Telepathology allows CDC pathologists and their partners at health departments and elsewhere to collaborate closely while teleworking at a distance during COVID-19. Telepathology has also sped up their collaboration.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Schools and Childcare Programs

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 07:00
Schools & Childcare: Guidance for School Settings
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Daily Activities and Going Out

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 07:00
Going Out
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Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 07:00
Information and frequently asked questions about requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Prevent Getting Sick

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 07:00
Here is what you can do to prepare your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Choosing Safer Activities

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 07:00
When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Proteja a los animales del COVID-19

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 07:00
Información sobre el COVID-19 fácil de leer y medidas para protegerse a sí mismo y a los demás
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

El COVID-19 y su salud

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 07:00
Información sobre el COVID-19 fácil de leer y medidas para protegerse a sí mismo y a los demás
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Immunization services begin slow recovery from COVID-19 disruptions, though millions of children remain at risk from deadly diseases – WHO, UNICEF, Gavi

WHO news - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 17:38

While immunization services have started to recover from disruptions caused by COVID-19, millions of children remain vulnerable to deadly diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance warned today during World Immunization Week, highlighting the urgent need for a renewed global commitment to improve vaccination access and uptake.

“Vaccines will help us end the COVID-19 pandemic but only if we ensure fair access for all countries, and build strong systems to deliver them,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Director-General. “And if we’re to avoid multiple outbreaks of life-threatening diseases like measles, yellow fever and diphtheria, we must ensure routine vaccination services are protected in every country in the world.”

A WHO survey has found that, despite progress when compared to the situation in 2020, more than one third of respondent countries (37%) still report experiencing disruptions to their routine immunization services.

Mass immunization campaigns are also disrupted. According to new data, 60 of these lifesaving campaigns are currently postponed in 50 countries, putting around 228 million people - mostly children - at risk for diseases such as measles, yellow fever and polio. Over half of the 50 affected countries are in Africa, highlighting protracted inequities in people’s access to critical immunization services.

Campaigns to immunize against measles, which is one of the most contagious diseases and can result in large outbreaks wherever people are unvaccinated, are the most impacted. Measles campaigns account for 23 of the postponed campaigns, affecting an estimated 140 million people. Many have now been delayed for over a year.

“Even before the pandemic, there were worrying signs that we were beginning to lose ground in the fight against preventable child illness, with 20 million children already missing out on critical vaccinations,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “The pandemic has made a bad situation worse, causing millions more children to go unimmunized. Now that vaccines are at the forefront of everyone’s minds, we must sustain this energy to help every child catch up on their measles, polio and other vaccines. We have no time to waste. Lost ground means lost lives.”

As a result of gaps in vaccination coverage, serious measles outbreaks have recently been reported in countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan and Yemen, while likely to occur elsewhere as growing numbers of children miss out on lifesaving vaccines, the agencies warn. These outbreaks are happening in places already grappling with conflict situations as well as service disruptions due to ongoing response measures to COVID-19.

The supply of vaccines and other equipment is also essential for child vaccinations. Due to disruptions at the onset of the COVID -19 pandemic, UNICEF delivered 2.01 billion vaccine doses in 2020, compared to 2.29 billion in 2019.

“Millions of children across the world are likely to miss out on basic vaccines as the current pandemic threatens to unravel two decades of progress in routine immunization”, said Dr Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. “To support the recovery from COVID-19 and to fight future pandemics, we will need to ensure routine immunization is prioritized as we also focus on reaching children who do not receive any routine vaccines, or zero-dose children. To do this, we need to work together – across development agencies, governments and civil society – to ensure that no child is left behind”.

New global immunization strategy aims to save over 50 million lives

To help tackle these challenges and support the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO UNICEF, Gavi and other partners today launched the Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030), an ambitious new global strategy to maximize the lifesaving impact of vaccines through stronger immunization systems.

The Agenda focuses on vaccination throughout life, from infancy through to adolescence and older age. If fully implemented, it will avert an estimated 50 million deaths, according to WHO - 75% of them in low- and lower-middle income countries.

Targets to be achieved by 2030 include:

  • Achieve 90% coverage for essential vaccines given in childhood and adolescence
  • Halve the number of children completely missing out on vaccines
  • Complete 500 national or subnational introductions of new or under-utilized vaccines  - such as those for COVID-19, rotavirus, or human papillomavirus (HPV)

 Urgent action needed from all immunization stakeholders

To achieve IA2030’s ambitious goals, WHO, UNICEF, Gavi and partners are calling for bold action:

  • World leaders and the global health and development community should make explicit commitments to IA2030 and invest in stronger immunization systems, with tailored approaches for fragile and conflict-affected countries. Immunization is a vital element of an effective health care system, central to pandemic preparedness and response, and key to preventing the burden of multiple epidemics as societies reopen
  • All countries should develop and implement ambitious national immunization plans that align with the IA2030 framework, and increase investments to make immunization services accessible to all
  • Donors and governments should increase investments in vaccine research and innovation, development, and delivery, focused on the needs of underserved populations
  • The pharmaceutical industry and scientists, working with governments and funders, should continue to accelerate vaccine R&D, ensure a continuous supply of affordable vaccines to meet global needs, and apply lessons from COVID-19 to other diseases

     

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    Notes to editors

    Photos and b-roll are available for download here.

    World Immunization Week 2021 takes place in the last week of April (April 24th-30th) to celebrate the lifesaving benefits of vaccines. This year’s theme, ‘Vaccines bring us closer,’ aims to show how vaccination connects us to the people, goals and moments that matter, helping improve the health of everyone, everywhere throughout life.

    The World Health Organization provides global leadership in public health within the United Nations system. Founded in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States, across six regions and from more than 150 offices, to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable. Our goal for 2019-2023 is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and wellbeing.

    UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org. For more information about COVID-19, visit www.unicef.org/coronavirus. Follow UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook. More information on UNICEF’s Immunization programme, available here. Visit the Vaccines for All landing page that brings together the latest trustworthy information on COVID-19 vaccines and routine immunization.

    Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped to immunize a whole generation – over 822 million children – and prevented more than 14 million deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 lower-income countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting health systems as well as funding global stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningitis and yellow fever vaccines. Gavi is a co-convener of COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, together with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Learn more at www.gavi.org and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

     

EMA and ECDC join forces for enhanced post-marketing monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines in Europe

ECDC - News - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 15:00
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today kicked off a new initiative aimed at strengthening post-marketing monitoring of the safety, effectiveness and impact of COVID-19 vaccines in the EU/EEA.
Categories: C.D.C. (Europe)

European Immunization Week, 2021

ECDC - News - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 15:00
European Immunization Week (EIW) is marked across the European Region every year in the last week of April. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of immunisation for people’s health and well-being.
Categories: C.D.C. (Europe)

Contact Tracing Resources for Health Departments

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 07:00
CDC general principles for COVID and what CDC is doing to support contact tracing.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Sat, 04/24/2021 - 07:00
CDC offers considerations for ways in which camp administrators can help protect campers, staff, and communities, and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

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