Epidemiological Update: Diphtheria - 5 November 2021

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In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) reiterates to Member States that vaccination and epidemiological surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases should be considered essential health services and should not be interrupted. Given the decline in diphtheria vaccine coverage, PAHO/WHO also reminds Member States that it is important to have a plan to vaccinate the most vulnerable populations and to maintain a permanent supply of diphtheria antitoxin to control potential outbreaks