WHO warns of possible lack of syringes – Human – Science and technology

The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that up to two billion syringes may be missing in the world next year.

Unless production increases and production improves, global efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible could be jeopardized, AFP and DPA reported.

The looming shortage of vaccines is caused by coronavirus vaccination campaigns launched by many countries around the world this year. As a result, several billion more were used in the world compared to previous years.

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According to AFP, more than 7.25 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered worldwide this year. This is almost double the normal number of vaccines given each year. The number of syringes used has doubled.

Syringes intended for vaccination are different from syringes intended for other uses, writes DPA. Vaccine syringes usually have a mechanism that ensures that the syringe is used only once.

According to the WHO, manufacturers can produce about six billion injections of this type each year, with the largest exporting countries being China and India. However, next year, the demand for syringes may increase up to four to seven times the year before the pandemic.

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Lisa Hedman of the WHO said a lack of syringes could lead to delayed routine vaccinations. This could also jeopardize the vaccination of children, which would have a long-term impact on public health. In addition, the lack of syringes could lead to dangerous syringe reuse.

The DPA points out that the lack of injections will mainly affect poorer countries, which often order syringes in small quantities and therefore their orders are not considered a priority at production plants.

The WHO therefore calls on countries to order syringes in large quantities and not to forget to take into account the six-month delivery time, which is the time that is usually needed to produce syringes.

Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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