Hans Kluge, WHO’s head for Europe, said that “vaccines are our best opportunity to get out of the pandemic”. “Not only do they work, but they are also highly effective in preventing infections. However, the application of these vaccines is unacceptably slow”, he said, quoted by Euronews.
“We need to speed up the process by increasing production, reducing barriers to vaccine delivery and using whatever dose we have in stock,” said Kluge. “Currently, the regional situation is the most worrying that we have seen for several months”.
Dorit Nitzan, regional director, said in a statement that “just five weeks ago, the weekly number of new cases in Europe fell to less than one million, but now the situation in the region is the most worrying in several months“.
In the WHO region of Europe, which includes some fifty countries, including Russia and several Central Asian states, the number of new deaths exceeded 24,000 last week and is “rapidly” approaching the million mark, according to the organization.
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