12 November, 2021 89

WHO: WORLD IS THREATENED BY A DEFICIENCY OF SYRINGES FOR VACCINATION

The World Health Organization said that in 2022 there may be a shortage of special medical syringes that are used to vaccinate against coronavirus in the world.


According to Lenta.ru, more than 6.8 billion vaccinations against COVID-19 were made in 2021. This compares with the number of syringes produced - six billion pieces per year.

“Manufacturers around the world need to find a way to increase the production of disposable syringes.  If this ratio of used and manufactured medical instruments is not corrected, the world may face a shortage of them as early as 2022, while the shortage could reach two billion syringes,” said Lisa Hedman, WHO Senior Advisor on Access to Medicines and Health Products.

A shortage of syringes could lead to delays in vaccinating children around the world, she said, as well as prompting poor countries to start reusing needles, a highly unsafe practice.  A shortage of syringes can also adversely affect routine vaccinations for other diseases.  Problems can also arise from the logistics side.  Syringes are more susceptible to shipping delays because they take up ten times more space than, for example, vaccine flasks.

 

 


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