The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned there could be a shortage of up to two billion syringes in 2022.
The global shortage is as a result of Covid-19 vaccination campaigns, with billions more syringes than usual being used around the world.
The WHO’s senior advisor on access to medicines and health products Lisa Hedman said as the supply of global vaccines increase, the supply of syringes must increase also.
“We are raising the real concern that we could have a shortage of immunisation syringes, which would in turn lead to serious problems, such as slowing down immunisation efforts,” she said.
“Depending on how the vaccine uptake goes, it could be a deficit of anywhere from one billion to two billion.”
More than 7.25 billion Covid-19 vaccines were used in the past year as vaccination programmes escalated.
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