The World Health Organization calls on Filipinos to not be complacent about the coronavirus pandemic amidst the decreasing number of Covid-18 cases in the country.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has acknowledged recently that Europe is once again at the epicenter of the global health crisis.
GENEVA, Switzerland — Warning against a “false sense of security” over the protection offered by vaccines, Ghebreyesus stressed that “no country is out of the woods” as he hopes that a consensus can be found at a World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting next week for an IP waiver for pandemic vaccines.
Based on latest reports, despite high percentages of vaccination in most populations of several European countries, coronavirus infections have broke records in different parts of Europe with the continent once again tagged as the epicenter of a pandemic that has prompted new curbs on movement and seen health experts push to widen the use of booster vaccination shots.
The reports said that among the countries that registered new highs are Slovakia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Hungary, where winter has already been felt and people are gathering indoors in the run-up to Christmas—thus providing a perfect breeding ground for Covid-19.
According to the United Nations, new cases have likewise jumped to 23 percent in the Americas in the preceding week, with most cases found in North America, indicating that region might also face a resurgence of infections similar to what is happening now in the European continent.
In the two years since it was identified in central China, COVID-19 has rapidly swept throughout the world, infecting more than 258 million people and killing 5.4 million, based on WHO data.
In response to the latest surge, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the EU Public Health Agency has recommended vaccine boosters for all adults, with priority for those over 40, in a major shift from its previous guidance which suggested the extra doses should be considered for older frail people and those with weakened immune systems.
ECDC head Andrea Ammon clarified that boosters would increase protection against infection caused by waning immunity and “could potentially reduce the transmission in the population and prevent additional hospitalizations and deaths.”
She advised countries with low vaccination levels to speed up rollouts and warned of high risks of a further spike in deaths and hospitalizations in Europe in December and January if the recommended measures are not introduced. (TRC/Headline PH)