The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the stagnating vaccination rate in Europe and the low number of vaccinations in poorer countries.
According to a forecast, nearly a quarter of a million people could die from Covid-19 before December 1.
Deaths in the region rose by 11 percent last week, with a reliable forecast for another 236,000 deaths by December 1, said WHO European director Hans Kluge. About 1.3 million corona deaths have been registered in Europe so far.
In the majority of the 53 countries covered by WHO Europe, the coronavirus is spreading faster again. Kluge finds this “very worrying”, primarily because of the low vaccination coverage among high-risk groups in a number of countries. In addition, in the poorer countries, only 6 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, compared to about 50 percent in Europe as a whole.
According to the director, fewer and fewer new people are being pricked. “
In the past six weeks, the number of vaccinations has decreased by 14 percent, due to a lack of admittance to vaccines in some countries and a lack of vaccine acceptance in others.” As a result, according to Kluge, countries need to increase production and share doses, among other things.