Senior officials at the World Health Organisation fear there could be 236,000 more Covid deaths in Europe between now and December 1 on account of stagnating vaccination rates and low uptake in poorer countries. It is reported by The Guardian.
“Last week, there was an 11% increase in the number of deaths in the region - one reliable projection is expecting 236,000 deaths in Europe, by December 1,” WHO Europe director Hans Kluge told reporters.
Of the WHO Europe’s 53 member states, 33 (62%) have registered an incidence rate greater than 10 percent in the past two weeks.
Kluge attributed the higher transmission to the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant, an “exaggerated easing” of restrictions and measures, and a surge in summer travel. While around half of people in Europe are fully vaccinated, vaccination uptake in the region has slowed.
“In the past six weeks, it has fallen by 14 percent, influenced by a lack of access to vaccines in some countries and a lack of vaccine acceptance in others...The stagnation in vaccine uptake in our region is of serious concern,” Kluge said.
As we reported earlier, 749 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Ukraine during the past 24 hours. Particularly, 18 patients died.