Covid-19: the virus could still kill 236,000 in Europe by December 1

the essential Deemed reliable by the WHO, a study figures at 236 000 the number of additional victims of the pandemic in Europe by December 1. In question: the slowdown in vaccination in particular.

The World Health Organization (WHO) fears that the Covid pandemic – 19 will do 236 000 additional deaths in Europe by December 1, expressing concern on Monday about the recent “stagnation” in the pace of vaccinations on the continent.

“Last week the region’s death toll increased by 11%, with a reliable projection predicting 236 000 dead in Europe by December 1, “adding to the 1.3 million deaths already caused by the pandemic on the Old Continent, WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge told a press conference.

Vaccination slowdown

Countries in the region have seen infection rates increase as the anchoring of the more contagious Delta variant asserts itself, especially in unvaccinated people.

Of the 53 Member States in the region, 33 reported an increase greater than 10% of case incidence over two weeks, Kluge pointed out.

In addition to the high transmissibility of the Delta variant, an “undue easing” of restrictions and an increase in travel this summer is behind the rise in cases.

Especially since the pace of vaccinations has slowed. “Over the past six weeks, the rate has fallen by 14%, due to a lack of access to vaccines in some countries and a lack of acceptance of vaccines in others “, noted Mr. Kluge, calling for an increase in production capacity and to overcome nationalist temptations by sharing doses.

If three quarters of caregivers in the whole of Europe are vaccinated, in some European countries they are only one in 000, according to the organization UN.

In Europe, only 6% of people in low- and lower-middle-income countries are fully immunized, he said, recalling that the WHO recommended vaccination coverage of 80% to turn the page on the pandemic.

On the use of a booster or third dose, proposed in certain countries of the region, as in Israel or as it will be in Denmark – where it will be offered to certain immunocompromised people -, the WHO, which has for the moment called for a moratorium pending additional data, does not exclude it.

Vaccinate teachers

At the start of the new school year, Member States must put in place a vaccination strategy intended to maintain face-to-face education, considered vital.

We should “offer the vaccine against the Covid – 19 to teachers and other school staff as a target group of national vaccination plans,” said the WHO and Unicef ​​Europe in a statement released earlier this Monday.

Across Europe, the restrictions are disparate. Thus, the introduction of the health pass took a new step on Monday in France, becoming compulsory at work for 1.8 million employees in contact with the public in restaurants, cinemas, museums, mainline trains, where it is needed. was already required for customers.

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