The World Health Organization said on Wednesday (31) that the European vaccination process is “unacceptably slow” and that the increase in coronavirus infections on the continent was “worrying”.
In a note, the WHO said that vaccines are the best way out of the pandemic, but the slow implantation is prolonging it.
“Let me be clear: we must speed up the process by increasing manufacturing, reducing barriers to vaccine administration and using all the vials we have in stock, now,” said WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge, in the statement.
Dr. Dorit Nitzan, WHO Regional Director for Emergency Europe, warned that just five weeks ago, new cases in Europe dropped to less than 1 million, but now with more mobility, meetings on religious holidays and the presence of B. Variant 1.1 .7 – first identified in the UK – there is a greater public risk.
“This variant is more transmissible and can increase the risk of hospitalization, has a greater impact on public health and additional actions are needed to control it,” said Dr. Nitzan.
As vaccination deployment grows across Europe, WHO calls for swift action to implement social and public health measures.
The statement added that 27 European countries are in a partial or total blockade across the country, with 21 imposing night curfews. In the past 2 weeks, 23 countries have tightened restrictions, while 13 have eased measures, with nine others following suit.
(Translated text; read the original in English)
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