December 2, 2021

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Up to 2 billion syringes could be missing next year

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a possible shortage of injections.

The World Health Organization warned, on Tuesday, that up to two billion syringes could be lost in the world next year. Unless production is increased and production improved, global efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible could be jeopardized, Agence France-Presse and the Department of Political Affairs reported.

Billions of used syringes

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

According to AFP, more than 7.25 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered worldwide this year. That’s nearly double the normal number of vaccines given each year. The number of syringes used doubled.

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

China and India export more

According to the World Health Organization, manufacturers can produce about six billion syringes of this type every year, and the largest exporting countries are China and India. However, in the coming year, the demand for injections may increase by as much as four to seven times in the year prior to the epidemic.

Lisa Hedman of the World Health Organization said the lack of injections could delay routine vaccinations. It could also put children’s vaccinations at risk, which would have a long-term impact on public health. In addition, a shortage of syringes may lead to dangerous syringe reuse.

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The Department of Political Affairs notes that the injection shortage will mainly affect poor countries, which often order injections in small quantities, and therefore their orders are not considered a priority in production plants.

Therefore, the World Health Organization calls on countries to order injections in bulk and not forget to take into account the delivery time of six months, which is the time usually required for the production of injections.