Covid: WHO warns against likely shortage of syringes in 2022

Published by Graziella L. · Published on 29 November 2021 at 15h09
Amidst the crisis, the World Health Organization is worried about likely shortage of syringes by 2022, if their production does not step up to Covid-19 vaccine doses’.

Although there is no likely shortage of vaccines – regarding the orders placed by the European Union – the World Health Organization has warned a shortage of syringes could occur in the coming months. As a matter of fact, the production pace struggles following the production pace of Covid-19 vaccines and it is a major logistics issue.

WHO advisor Lisa Hedman said “a deficit in 2022 of over a billion could happen”. The shortage could hit African countries, as well as the European market. 7.25 billion doses of vaccines have been given worldwide, which is twice as many of the usually yearly vaccinations. Therefore, the need in syringes has dramatically increased. To inject the Pfizer vaccine, 0.3 milliliter syringes are used, and the market is very harsh for this very specific equipment.

According to WHO’s Senior Advisor, lacking syringes could have an impact on public healthin the coming years”, as it could delay usual vaccinations, and many young people could pay the price. Even more dangerous, syringes could be eventually re-used, as they are normally disposable after a single use, for obvious hygiene reasons.

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