“Slow vaccination prolongs the pandemic,” said the European division of WHO in a statement, which points out that the number of new cases in Europe has advanced strongly in the past five weeks.
“Vaccines are the best way to overcome the pandemic. Not only do they work, they are also very effective in limiting infections”, said the director of WHO in Europe, Hans Kluge.
“However, the application of these vaccines is unacceptably slow”, criticizes Kluge. “I will be clear: we have to speed up the process, reinforcing production, reducing obstacles to the administration of vaccines and using all the doses we have in stock”.
The WHO Europe zone includes around 50 countries, including Russia and several Central Asian states. In it, the number of deaths by Covid-19 went from 24,000 last week and is “rapidly” approaching the million, according to the organization.
The number of new weekly cases has reached 1.6 million, compared to less than 1 million just five weeks ago. “Today, the regional situation is the most worrying in several months,” warned the WHO.
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