In its weekly epidemiological update, the UN health agency noted that the number of infections in Europe has almost doubled compared to the global average.
Vaccine overview for children
To date, the agency has issued an EUL for eight COVID-19 vaccines.
The UN agency’s statement concerns the mRNA of COVID-19 vaccines, such as those produced by Pfizer and Moderna, which are approved for use in children in some countries.
Last month, a WHO expert group said the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks for “all age groups.”
The UN agency gave individual countries the power to decide whether to vaccinate young people, while pointing out that developing countries continue to have a serious COVID-19 vaccine shortage.
“The elderly continue to bear the greatest burden of serious illness and death. and those who have comorbidities … In general, according to WHO, the number of symptomatic infections, cases of severe illness and deaths from COVID-19 in children and adolescents is proportionally less than in older age groups.
He also noted that although children may experience symptoms of “prolonged COVID-19” after coronavirus infections, “the frequency and characteristics of these conditions are still being studied.”
Children have also been diagnosed with a rare inflammatory syndrome affecting organs in the body, which can make it difficult to recover from COVID-19, the WHO added.
The UN agency’s global vaccination strategy targets include 40 percent coverage in each country by the end of 2021 and 70 percent by the middle of next year.
“These coverage targets were set to ensure a fair pace of global vaccine deployment and to prioritize those most at risk. To date, these goals have not yet been achieved, ”the WHO said.
Coverage targets … not yet met – WHO
Children were largely spared
The latest age-disaggregated data provided by WHO shows that children under 15 account for only 0.1 percent of coronavirus-related deaths worldwide; this figure rises to 0.4 percent for children aged 15 to 24.
In its weekly epidemiological review, the UN health agency noted that infection in Europe has almost doubled its global average.
The announcement followed a warning The WHO said Tuesday that more than two million people could die in Europe by March next year due to the coronavirus.
In 53 countries of the European Region, reported deaths from COVID-19 have exceeded 1.5 million.…
The Western Pacific Region and the Americas also reported sharp increases in coronavirus deaths, by 29 and 19 percent, respectively. In contrast, in Africa and Southeast Asia, this number has declined over the past week.
The United States continues to see the largest number of new infections, but Germany is up 31 percent and the UK is up 11 percent with 281,063 new cases.
The latest WHO data shows there are more than 256 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 5.1 million deaths worldwide.