(Copenhagen) The European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday that the amount of vaccine in Europe was not enough to prevent a recurrence of the disease, and called for avoiding the “mistake” of increasing cases over the summer. In 2020.
“Vaccine protection is not enough to protect the region from re-emergence,” WHO European Director Hans Glck warned during an online press conference.
“The way to reach at least 80% of the adult population is still substantial,” he stressed, calling for maintaining health and distance measures and avoiding travel abroad.
According to WHO standards, in 53 regions of the European region, 30% of the region’s population is vaccinated with the first dose, and 17% are vaccinated.
“We are far from in danger,” he said, adding that the situation in the region had improved over the past two months, with cases and deaths declining and recent easing of controls.
For the first time since the fall of 2020, the WHO Europe reported last week that the weekly death toll in the European region was less than 10,000.
But its director pointed out that last year’s pioneer needed awareness.
“Last summer, cases gradually increased among the young and then transferred to the elderly, contributing to a catastrophic upsurge, locks and deaths in the“ autumn and winter, ”the Belgian doctor recalled.
“Don’t make that mistake again,” he said.
The WHO has reiterated its concern about the circulation of alarming species such as the delta variant initially detected in India. Further infection, even after the first dose of the vaccine, is suspected to be highly resistant.
This delta variant has “left immigration” in Europe, while “many people over the age of 60 are insecure,” Glck said.