World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday warned that these inoculated in opposition to the virus could not take precautions to stop getting contaminated with COVID-19. File Photo by World Health Organization/TWITTER
Nov. 25 (UPI) — The World Health Organization mentioned it’s involved about individuals inoculated in opposition to COVID-19 creating a false sense of safety because the pandemic surges in Europe.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned throughout his opening remarks to a media briefing on the pandemic in Geneva on Wednesday that vaccines work however they don’t absolutely forestall the transmission of the virus.
“In many countries and communities, we are concerned about a false sense of security that vaccines have ended the pandemic, and that people who are vaccinated do not need to take any other precautions,” he mentioned. “If you are vaccinated, you have a much lower risk of severe disease and death, but you are still at risk of being infected, and of infecting others.”
The warning got here because the pandemic deepens in Europe, the place 60% of COVID-19 deaths final week have been reported, he mentioned.
On Tuesday, the WHO warned that the loss of life toll in Europe might explode by greater than 700,000 over the winter to 2.2 million lives misplaced to the pandemic.
The well being authority credit the extremely contagious Delta variant of the virus, governments suggesting that COVID-19 is now not an emergency by easing pandemic mitigating measures and huge numbers of communities nonetheless unvaccinated for the surge.
WHO knowledge states that greater than 53% of eligible Europeans are absolutely vaccinated in opposition to the virus, however Tedros on Wednesday urged them to proceed to take precautions to stop getting contaminated and infecting others, together with sporting a masks, sustaining social distance, avoiding crowds, assembly individuals outdoors or in well-ventilated areas.
“While Europe is again the epicenter of the pandemic, no country of region is out of the woods,” he mentioned. It’s vital for all nations to surge their capacities now to make sure the appropriate measures are in place to aver the worst penalties of any future waves.”