Dec. 19, 2020
UN agencies continue to work for the health and development of migrants globally .
Today is International Migrants Day. To better understand the impacts of COVID-19 in refugee and migrant populations, WHO and a research consortium led by Ghent University and the University of Copenhagen, has conducted a global survey called ‘ApartTogether’.
It shows that people living on the streets and in asylum centers are less likely to seek care if they have symptoms of COVID-19. More than half of those surveyed said that COVID-19 has caused them depression, worry, anxiety and loneliness.
Investing in the health of migrants is not just the right thing to do, it also has long-term benefits for social cohesion and economic development. It’s also vital that migrants and refugees are included in plans for the rollout of vaccines against COVID-19.
Earlier today, WHO and our COVAX partners Gavi, CEPI and UNICEF announced that we have secured agreements to access 2 billion doses of several promising vaccine candidates. These unprecedented agreements mean that all 190 countries and economies participating in COVAX will be able to access vaccines to protect vulnerable groups in their populations during the first half of next year.