Global alert? World Health Organization (WHO) data estimate that between 2000 and 2016, the vaccine measles it has killed 20.4 million deaths, which, according to the WHO, is one of the best public health investments. However, a new report published in 2018 shows that cases of smallpox in the world are increasing due to insufficient vaccination coverage.
The report shows that coverage of smallpox vaccines is not sufficient worldwide. And through the vaccination or immunization, disability, illness and death due to illness are prevented.
In this regard, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) describes smallpox as a disease caused by the virus and is transmitted from person to person by dissemination of saliva, sneezing, pharyngeal or nasal secretions and direct contact with surfaces or contaminated objects.
The mixtures are usually severe in infants from 0 to 12 months of age and adults. It was in July 2018, when, through the report, the WHO also reported that the coverage rate for world vaccinations stagnated at 86%.
In that sense, Dr. Seth Berklei, General Director of Gavi, the Alliance for Vaccines, said the increase in cases of smallpox could be very disturbing but not surprising and explains: "I agree with the illness and spread of falsehoods about the vaccine in Europe, the collapse of the Venezuelan health system, pockets fragility and low vaccination coverage in Africa combine to provoke the worldwide revival of smallpox after many years of progress. "
That's why Berkley suggests that current disease prevention and control strategies are changing and the first point is to increase vaccination coverage and strengthen health systems, otherwise, he says, will continue to fight one epidemic after another.
Given recent epidemics in different parts of the world, health agencies are calling for greater investment and strengthening vaccination services. New strategies have also been asked to prioritize the poorest and marginalized communities, especially those affected by displacement or conflict.