WHO reports the slow pace of vaccination against COVID-19 in Europe
The World Health Organization is concerned about another surge in the incidence of COVID-19, as well as the slow pace of vaccination in Europe.
According to WHO, over the past week, 1,6 million new cases of COVID-19 and almost 24 thousand deaths were registered in Europe. This is 11% and 7%, respectively, more compared to the previous week.
“Just five weeks ago, the weekly increase in new cases in Europe dropped below a million, but now the situation in the region is more worrisome than a few months ago,” stated Dorit Nitzan, Acting WHO Regional Director for Emergencies.
As noted, today only 10% of the entire population of the European Region has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and only 4% have completed the vaccination.
The organization believes that vaccines are the best way out of the pandemic.
“However, the introduction of these vaccines is unacceptably slow. And while coverage remains low, we need to apply the same public health and social protection means we’ve applied in the past,” said Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.
To remind, the “British” strain of coronavirus was found in 130 countries.
WHO has also predicted when the COVID-19 pandemic would end.