Copenhagen: The World Health Organization (WHO) has alerted that COVID-19 instances are soaring again in Europe after two months of dropping. The global health body warned that a fresh wave would emerge “unless we remain disciplined.”
“There will be a fresh wave in the WHO European Region unless we remain disciplined. Previous week, the number of cases soared by 10 per cent, driven by increased mixing, travel, gatherings and easing of social curbs,” WHO`s regional director for Europe Hans Kluge said at a press meeting.
Kluge also warned that this reversal came in the context of soaring cases of the Delta variant and said that it could become the effective strain in WHO`s European region, which is made up of 53 nations and territories — including several in Central Asia — by August.
The regional director also emphasised the significance of vaccines and said, “Antibodies have been shown to also shield against the Delta variant, but a high level of safety necessitates two doses.”
Kluge stated that the average immunization coverage in the WHO`s European region was 24 per cent, and half of the elderly individuals and 40 percent of healthcare workers were still vulnerable. “That is unsatisfactory, and that is far from the suggested 80 per cent coverage of the adult population,” he added.
Advocating concern over many nations ineffective to vaccinate their population, WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called for immunizing at least 10 percent of the population of every nation by September as he described inoculation as the best practice to regulate the pandemic and revitalize the global economy.
“Vast disparity in the access to vaccines is energizing a two-track pandemic. While some countries have a high level of coverage, many others don’t have enough to inject health workers, older people & other at-risk levels,” the World Health Organisation Director General said in a virtual instruction to India Global Forum.