Opinion: Amid rush for COVID-19 vaccine, preventable childhood disease risks grow

“As scientists and medical professionals work relentlessly to identify effective treatments for those suffering from COVID-19 and rush to create a vaccine to suppress the pandemic, another alarming public health storm is gathering. One of the most worrisome health consequences of COVID-19 is a dramatic drop in the rate of childhood vaccinations. Without successful immunization programs, we face the resurgence of devastating diseases once thought to be left in the past.” [says] Steven A.N. Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., UCI vice-chancellor, Health Affairs.