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WHO does not consider collective immunity in 2021

Although covid-19 vaccination campaigns are increasing across the globe, the WHO has warned that the epidemic will continue at least until the end of the year. This is because of the billions of doses needed to stem the spread of the virus.

Although covid-19 vaccination campaigns are increasing across the globe, the WHO has warned that the epidemic will continue at least until the end of the year. This is because of the billions of doses needed to stem the spread of the virus.

(AFP) – Times are tough for optimism. Even if vaccination campaigns have started all over the world (December 28 in Luxembourg), the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Monday that they will not be enough to “guarantee collective immunity in 2021”.

Billions of vaccine doses would indeed have to be deployed to reach this threshold. Soumya Swaminathan, WHO scientific officer, urges people to “be patient”. Masks, social distancing and hand washing should still be part of the daily life of humanity “at least until the end of this year”.

For his part, Emanuele Capobianco, director of health for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), warned against a “potential false sense of security due to the deployment of vaccines” .

A concern justified by the worldwide circulation of the variant identified in Great Britain and an increased contagiousness. “The more the Covid-19 spreads, the more likely it is that it will still evolve”, warned Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO.

If in Luxembourg the epidemic seems to be stalling while waiting for a possible rebound due to the end of the year celebrations, many other European states are toughening up their tone. Portugal, where the epidemic is reaching new records, “will decree something very similar to the first containment in March”, according to the head of government Antonio Costa.

In France, where the number of hospitalized covid-19 patients continues to climb, the curfew has been extended in eight departments. Belgium exceeded the threshold of 20,000 deaths from the virus on Sunday. In Germany, which has more than 40,000 dead, the next few weeks will be “the hardest phase of the pandemic” with medical staff working to their maximum capacity, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

More than 90 million cases have been identified worldwide, a year after Beijing announced the first death from covid-19.


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