Senior officials at the World Health Organization have cited stagnating vaccination rates and low uptake in poorer countries as reasons so many Covid deaths are predicted.
‘Last week, there was an 11% increase in the number of deaths in the region – one reliable projection is expecting 236,000 deaths in Europe, by 1 December,’ WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said.
Kluge attributed the higher transmission to the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant, an ‘exaggerated easing’ of restrictions and measures, and a surge in summer travel.
While about half of people in Europe are fully vaccinated, vaccination uptake in the region has slowed, Kluge said.
Europe has registered about 1.3 million Covid deaths