Europe calls for continued restrictions as the “delta” outbreak continues

A new European report warns of a high risk of an increase in cases and deaths from the emerging coronavirus if the countries of the European Union ease restrictions in the coming weeks, according to the New York Times.

In a report issued by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, it is necessary to maintain the restrictions imposed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in European countries, especially in those that do not have high vaccination rates.

And 62 percent of the entire European Union population has received the vaccination, and only three of the 27 member states have fully vaccinated more than 75 percent of their population, according to European Center data.

The European Center report indicated that this level of access to vaccines is not sufficient to prevent the virus from spreading when restrictions related to Covid-19 are relaxed, especially since the highly contagious delta variant causes all new cases of coronavirus infection reported on the continent to a large extent. .

“Countries must continually strive to increase immunization coverage in all eligible age groups, regardless of current immunization coverage levels,” said Andrea Ammon, director of the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Amon suggested that the number of new cases would rise if restrictions were eased. She indicated that it may be necessary to keep the Covid-19 restrictions in place until the end of November.

The European report comes at a time when most schools have resumed attendance, despite the vaccine not yet authorized for children under 12 years old.

Last week, the European Medicines Agency – the eurozone’s drug regulator – said it would decide by early November whether it would approve the use of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine for children under 12 years old.

A few days ago, the Pfizer-Biontech alliance announced that the US Food and Drug Administration had submitted a formal request to approve a vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years. An application will also be submitted to the European Medicines Agency and the various regulatory authorities there.


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