Europe must show more vaccine solidarity at a time when 95% of doses have been used in ten countries. This is the appeal launched Thursday by the regional management of the World Health Organization (WHO).
It is necessary that “all countries capable of contributing, giving and supporting equitable access and deployment of vaccines do so”, said WHO’s European director, Hans Kluge, during a press briefing. online, highlighting the “huge” efforts made by the organization and its partners to ensure that every country can get vaccines.
According to him, 95% of the vaccines against the Covid-19 administered in the world were it in ten countries which he did not name. According to the data analysis site “Our world in data”, these are the United States, China, United Kingdom, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Russia, Germany, Spain and Canada.
In just over a month, some 28 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been injected in around 46 countries, WHO director of emergency health issues Michael Ryan said on Wednesday.
Despite the start of vaccination campaigns, the speed of transmission observed in some countries, in particular because of new, more contagious variants, in particular those called English and South African, is worrying.
“The situation is alarming”, reaffirmed Mr. Kluge. Twenty-five countries in the Europe zone, including Russia, have recorded cases linked to this new strain “VOC 202012/01”.
“With increased transmissibility and similar disease severity, the variant is causing concern: without increased control to slow its spread, there will be an increased impact on healthcare facilities already under stress and under pressure,” he said. -he explains.
Among the 53 countries in the region, 31 have started their immunization campaign and countries benefiting from the Covax mechanism, which distributes anti-Covid vaccines to underprivileged countries, are expected in early February.
For Mr. Kluge, it is important to remain optimistic. “2021 will be another year of the coronavirus, but it will be a more predictable year, the situation will be easier to control”, he assured.