Europe now has 64 million confirmed cases and 1.3 million COVID-19 deaths, with 33 countries reporting a greater than 10% rise in 14-day case incidence that is “deeply worrying,” the World Health Organization’s regional director said Monday.
At a WHO news conference, WHO Europe region head Hans Kluge said countries must stay steadfast in maintaining multiple layers of protection.
The layers include vaccination and wearing masks, he said, while making a plea with the UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, for schools to remain open in Europe and Asia.
“Vaccines are the path towards reopening societies and stabilizing economies.
“Despite this, we remain challenged by insufficient production, insufficient access, and insufficient vaccine acceptance,” said Kluge, explaining there could be 200,000 deaths in the European region by December.
He asserted: “Vaccination is a right, but it’s also a responsibility. The stagnation in vaccine uptake in our region is of serious concern.”