The World Health Organization announced in Europe, on Thursday, that despite the trend of Covid-19 infections towards a decline, the situation of the most significant part of European countries is still “fragile” in the face of the epidemic, warning of a “false sense of safety” due to the number of those who have received the vaccine, which is still Slightly.
“The situation of the overwhelming majority of European countries is still fragile,” said the Director of the World Health Organization in Europe, Hans Kluge, during a press conference.
The United Nations official stressed that “if we do not stop the transmission of infection now, the expected benefits of vaccines in combating this epidemic may not be clear.” And he believed, “At the moment, there is a fine line between hope for a vaccine and a false sense of safety.”
In all 53 countries in the WHO European region (including many Central Asian countries), the number of reported weekly cases still exceeds one million. Nevertheless, according to the WHO, this total number has been declining for four weeks, and deaths have also decreased for two weeks.
Symbolically, the number of vaccine doses given in the region, reaching 41 million, exceeded the number of cases registered since the start of the epidemic, reaching 36 million.
But WHO data shows that 1.5 percent of the population has been vaccinated in 29 European countries.
According to Thursday’s AFP census, 2.9 percent of the population received at least one dose in the European Union. At least 5.83 million people received the second dose, or 1.3 percent of the people.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reiterated the need for equitable access to the vaccine, regardless of the wealth of the country.
Klug warned that “unfair access to vaccines can backfire. The longer the virus survives, the greater the risk of dangerous mutations.”
Across the region, 38 countries have recorded cases associated with mutated versions of the virus that appeared in Britain and 19 with those that occurred in South Africa, according to the latest data.