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European Center for Disease Control warns of high risk of infection with COVID-19 and requests a generic booster vaccine

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The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has warned today “Very high risk” for COVID in coming weeks Unless public health measures are implemented immediately and vaccination rates are increased,

“Countries should consider booster doses for all adults over the age of eighteen, with priority for those over the age of forty”, In a note issued to the media indicated ECDC.

The Stockholm-based entity highlighted that at present Less than 70% of the general population in the European Union (EU) have received full guidelines, leaving “a lot of room” for the virus to spread.

A woman receives a dose of Moderna's vaccine during a special day of booster vaccination against COVID-19 for children under 65 in Gijón, Spain.  EFE / Paco Paredes
A woman receives a dose of Moderna’s vaccine during a special day of booster vaccination against COVID-19 for children under 65 in Gijón, Spain. EFE / Paco Paredes

ECDC indicated that LRapid implementation of vaccination campaigns has “prevented deaths” and “reduced hospitalization”, but there are still population groups in which protection is “less than desired”.

Facing the winter, the organization warned that Hospitalizations of non-vaccinated people will be higher, especially in at-risk groupsTherefore, current vaccination rates would be “inadequate” to avoid overloading health systems.

Europe must close the immunity gap in the adult population and ensure effective and equitable coverage in all countries and territories”, Requested ECDC, which said that Vaccination of the most vulnerable should remain a “priority” of health officials.

The agency said it is important to maintain or resume non-pharmacological measures, such as the use of masks and distancing.  EFE / Giorgio Viera
The agency said it is important to maintain or resume non-pharmacological measures, such as the use of masks and distancing. EFE / Giorgio Viera

Regarding the booster dose, which is given six months after the second puncture, the unit stated that the aim is to “improve safety” and thus “reduce transmission among the population and prevent additional hospitalizations and deaths.” have to stop.”

However, since the effects of vaccines take several weeks to become noticeable, the ECDC noted that It is also important to maintain or resume non-pharmacological measures, such as mask use and distancing.

“Moving people to follow these measures is even more important now that we move into the winter and holiday season, when more people travel and gather indoors,” The unit concluded.

Reuters/Benoit Tessier/Photo de Archivo
Reuters/Benoit Tessier/Photo de Archivo

Increase in cases, new measures

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New infections of the coronavirus in Europe have led to restrictions such as complete confinement in Austria, the mandatory nature of the vaccine or the requirement of a certificate for the full program, while protests against these or other measures take place.

It is the first country in Europe to implement a lockdown to stop the current wave of the Kovid epidemic. The extremely exponential growth of infections is attributed to the advent of cold weather, the aggressiveness of the delta variant and, above all, relatively low vaccination rates.

In Slovakia, the government is looking to follow the example of neighboring Austria, which announced a mandatory vaccine against COVID-19 from next February, but in the Czech Republic that has been ruled out for now.

Medical personnel work in an intensive care unit.  EFE / Carlos Ortega
Medical personnel work in an intensive care unit. EFE / Carlos Ortega

For its part, Germany added another new peak in seven days with 386.5 new infections with the coronavirus per 100,000 residents, while an inadequate vaccination rate of 68% leaves open debate over its liability. Vaccination rates in the country remain one of the lowest in Europe, with only 70.5% of the population vaccinated, 68.0%, with the full schedule, which has opened debate about potential liability.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom called for “getting a booster vaccine as soon as possible because it is by vaccinating that our country is able to get workers back to their jobs, open our theatres, our restaurants” and live a life. Sounds “normal”, he said.

(with info from EFE)

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