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Emerg Infect Dis ; 28(13): S203-S207, 2022 12.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2162896


Global emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 curtailed vaccine-preventable disease (VPD) surveillance activities, but little is known about which surveillance components were most affected. In May 2021, we surveyed 214 STOP (originally Stop Transmission of Polio) Program consultants to determine how VPD surveillance activities were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2020, primarily in low- and middle-income countries, where program consultants are deployed. Our report highlights the responses from 154 (96%) of the 160 consultants deployed to the World Health Organization African Region, which comprises 75% (160/214) of all STOP Program consultants deployed globally in early 2021. Most survey respondents observed that VPD surveillance activities were somewhat or severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Reprioritization of surveillance staff and changes in health-seeking behaviors were factors commonly perceived to decrease VPD surveillance activities. Our findings suggest the need for strategies to restore VPD surveillance to prepandemic levels.

COVID-19 , Poliomyelitis , Vaccine-Preventable Diseases , Humans , Vaccine-Preventable Diseases/epidemiology , Vaccine-Preventable Diseases/prevention & control , Pandemics/prevention & control , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , Poliomyelitis/epidemiology , World Health Organization
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep ; 69(5152): 1648-1652, 2021 Jan 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1005172


On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (1). On March 24, 2020, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) suspended all polio supplementary immunization activities and recommended the continuation of polio surveillance (2). In April 2020, GPEI shared revised polio surveillance guidelines in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which focused on reducing the risk for transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to health care workers and communities by modifying activities that required person-to-person contact, improving hand hygiene and personal protective equipment use practices, and overcoming challenges related to movement restrictions, while continuing essential polio surveillance functions (3). GPEI assessed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on polio surveillance by comparing data from January to September 2019 to the same period in 2020. Globally, the number of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases reported declined 33% and the mean number of days between the second stool collected and receipt by the laboratory increased by 70%. Continued analysis of AFP case reporting and stool collection is critical to ensure timely detection and response to interruptions of polio surveillance.

COVID-19 , Global Health , Poliomyelitis/epidemiology , Population Surveillance , Clinical Laboratory Techniques/statistics & numerical data , Disease Eradication , Feces/virology , Humans , Poliomyelitis/prevention & control , Poliovirus/isolation & purification , Poliovirus Vaccines/administration & dosage