Andrea Ammon, director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said on Sunday that Europe is increasing sequencing of the coronavirus because of the risk of a new variant appearing as an infection in some countries.
,With transmissions high at the moment, there is always the risk of a new version”, told the BBC about the expert.
Therefore, he indicated: “We’re really following very closely, we’re supporting countries to step up sequencing efforts to make sure, if there’s any, it’s detected too soon.,
For his part, Andrew Pollard, a vaccine researcher at the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, stressed that for a variant to be more dangerous than Delta, “it must be strong enough”, although the possibility is not ruled out, Keeping this in mind the high circulation that is happening in the disease continent.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced this on Saturday There is great concern about the rise in cases of COVID-19 in Europe and has warned of a possible death of around 500,000 people by March 2022 if immediate measures are not taken., according to the organization’s regional director, Hans Kluge.
Austria has become the first European country to announce compulsory vaccination by February 2022, while countries such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia have communicated new restrictions for those who are not immunised.
In recent days, marches against the most recent restrictions implemented to curb the spread of the disease have spread to different parts of Europe.
(with info from EFE)