The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control warned on Wednesday that Covid’s burden on Europe’s national health system would be “very high” in December and January unless the government stepped up its preventive efforts.
The ECDC director said in a statement that the European government needs to accelerate vaccination rates, implement booster shots and reintroduce restrictions. “And we have to do all three things now,” she said. “This is not a choice.”
According to ECDC data, about 66 percent of the European Union’s total population is fully inoculated. This leaves “a large vaccination gap that cannot be filled quickly and provides ample room for the virus to spread,” Ammon said.
Recommended restrictions include wearing a face mask, working from home, maintaining a safe distance, and reducing social interaction. The blockage is like an “emergency brake” and is used when “you want to stop so many cases in a short amount of time”.
She added: “We recognize that achieving this goal will require a great deal of effort from the public health authorities and society as a whole, but now is the time to take it one step further.”
When asked if he would like to cancel the seasonal festival, Ammon replied: But if things don’t improve, it may mean that you need to take these steps at Christmas as well. ”
The ECDC also recommended that adults over the age of 40 be prioritized to “consider” additional immune doses for all adults. On Tuesday, Italy allowed vaccinated people to receive boosters five months after the second vaccination of the first vaccination.
In Europe, the number of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths has skyrocketed in recent weeks, and the government is new, including the blockade in Austria, one of the first in Western Europe since the vaccine became available. It is designed to impose restrictions. By the end of this winter, German health minister Jens Spawn warned that “almost everyone in Germany will probably be vaccinated, recovered or killed.”
According to the World Health Organization, Europe accounts for more than half of the world’s Covid deaths reported this month, with more than 2 million new cases occurring each week since the pandemic began. On Tuesday, the World Health Organization said Covid was the leading cause of death in Europe, with Europe’s Covid deaths potentially exceeding 2 million by next spring.
During the weekend, tens of thousands of Europeans across the continent sometimes violently protested vaccine obligations and new restrictions.
There are very large differences in immunization rates between different countries in Europe. Only 24% of Bulgaria’s total population is fully inoculated, in contrast to 81% in Portugal. However, vaccinated people can also be infected with the disease, so the ECDC said it is important to put restrictions even in countries with high vaccination rates.