The World Health Organization invites European countries to introduce mandatory Covid vaccination for all citizens. This was stated by the director of World Health Organization (WHO) Europe, Robb Butler, The Guardian reports.
"Mandatory vaccine can, but does not always, increase uptake. Therefore, countries should start thinking about the issue," he said.
It comes after Germany’s tourism commissioner, Thomas Bareiss, said he expected vaccination to become mandatory in the country. Austria plans to make it compulsory from February.
According to Butler, mandates could come at the “expense of trust and social inclusion”.
"We believe it’s time to have that conversation from both an individual and a population-based perspective. It’s a healthy debate to have," he added.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is "very worried" about the spread of Covid-19 in Europe and predicts an increase in deaths from this disease by the spring. This opinion was expressed by the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge in an interview with BBC.
"500,000 more deaths could be recorded by March unless urgent action is taken," he warned.
Dr Kluge said factors like the winter season, insufficient vaccine coverage and the regional dominance of the more transmissible Delta variant were behind the spread.