The World Health Organization has warned that vaccination levels in Europe are still far from what is needed to stop a resurgence of the virus and called on countries to continue to adhere to safeguards.
“Immunization coverage is not enough to protect against a virus resurgence. “Coverage of 80% of the population’s immunization is still far away,” warned WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge.
He called on nations to avoid repeating last summer’s “mistake” when the measures were released prematurely. Kluge warned that the continent was “not at all out of danger” in the battle against COVID-19 despite a steady decline in infection rates in recent weeks.
“With increasing social gatherings and the largest population movement and festivals and sporting tournaments taking place in the coming days and weeks, the WHO in Europe is calling for caution. If you decide to travel, do so responsibly. Be aware of the risks. “Apply common sense and do not take risks,” WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge told a news conference.
Over the past two months, new cases of COVID-19, deaths and hospitalizations have dropped, prompting 36 of the region’s 53 countries to begin easing restrictions.
“We all need to recognize the progress made in most countries in the region, we also need to acknowledge that we are not out of danger at all,” he added.
Kluge said the so-called Delta variant, which was first identified in India, was a matter of concern. According to him, this variant “shows an increase in transmission and many among vulnerable populations, over the age of 60, remain unprotected.”