The head of the World Health Organization said coronavirus vaccines help reduce transmission of the dominant delta variant by 40 percent and warned that people fall into a “false sense of security” after vaccination.
in a Geneva news briefing On Wednesday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said many vaccinated people mistakenly believed receiving a COVID shot meant they no longer needed to take any other precautions.
“In many countries and communities, we are concerned about a false sense of security that vaccines have ended the epidemic, and that vaccinated people do not need to take any other precautions,” Tedros told reporters.
“Vaccines save lives, but they do not completely prevent transmission,” he added.
The data show that before the arrival of the delta variant, vaccines reduced transmission by about 60 percent. With Delta, Tedros cautioned, that has fallen to about 40 percent.
Deltas are now hugely dominant worldwide, outperforming other breeds.
“We cannot say this clearly enough: Even if you are vaccinated, continue to take precautions to prevent infection yourself, and another person who could die.”
This means wearing a mask, keeping a distance, and avoiding crowds and meeting others outside if you can, or in a well-ventilated area inside.
Crisis in Europe
The World Health Organization’s emergency director, Michael Ryan, said on Wednesday that people in Europe were “returning to pre-pandemic levels of social mixing” despite the… An alarming rise in cases and hospitalization.
“The reality is that the virus will continue to spread intensively in that environment,” he told reporters.
Europe’s resurgence as the epicenter of the pandemic has been blamed on Delta, slow vaccine uptake in some countries, colder weather and easing of restrictions.
“In the past week, more than 60 percent of all reported cases and deaths from COVID-19 globally have come back in Europe,” Tedros said.
“The sheer number of cases translates into unsustainable pressure on health systems and overworked health workers.”
Europe recorded more than 2.4 million new cases last week, up 11 percent from the previous week. In Germany, infections are up 31 percent.
It is important to take measures during the European holiday period, said WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove, adding that “social measures do not mean lockdown”.
In the past weeks, Riots broke out In many European countries as more lockdowns and restrictions have been introduced in places such as Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Intellectual Property Assignment Treaty
Tedros expressed the hope that a consensus will be reached at next week’s WTO ministerial meeting on waiving intellectual property rights for pandemic vaccines, which are already supported by more than 100 countries.
The WHO chief said he was encouraged by the “broad consensus” of an international agreement to prevent future epidemics at the UN World Health Assembly’s special session, calling it a “unique opportunity”.
“The world has treaties to manage other threats; countries can certainly agree on the need for a binding agreement on the risk of epidemics.”
Moreover, the Director-General of the World Health Organization said that while the world continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, it “cannot lose sight of the many other threats to health faced by people around the world, including antimicrobial resistance.”