Inequalities in COVID-19 disruption of routine immunisations and returning to pre-COVID immunisation rates

As the world continues to navigate the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the absence of effective treatments and curative pharmaceutical interventions, countries have resorted to behavioural measures to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Widespread national and regional lockdowns, curfews, and social distancing have become the norm, with devastating consequences for all aspects of life, including public health. The pandemic has disrupted all essential health services. However, routine immunisation services are amongst the hardest hit, with a suspension of mass vaccination campaigns, low footfall across vaccination centres, and disruptions in global vaccine supply chains [[1]]. In this issue of The Lancet Regional Health – Western Pacific, a cross-sectional survey by Harris and colleagues [[2]] shows that 18 out of 19 participating countries in the Southeast Asia and Western Pacific regions reported disruption to routine immunisations across all age groups, with a median of 15 antigens dis

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