“Proper now, within the face of a continued menace and new uncertainty, we have to proceed to train warning, and rethink or keep away from worldwide journey,” Hans Kluge stated, including that “pockets of accelerating transmission” on the continent might rapidly unfold. The so-called Indian variant, which can be extra transmissible, has now been recognized in at the very least 26 of the 53 international locations within the WHO Europe area, Kluge stated throughout his weekly press convention.
However he stated that authorised vaccines are efficient in opposition to the brand new pressure.
“All Covid-19 virus variants which have emerged up to now do reply to the obtainable, authorized vaccines,” Kluge stated, including that each one Covid-19 variants may be managed with the identical public well being and social measures used till now.
Up to now solely 23 p.c of individuals within the area have obtained a vaccine dose, with simply 11 p.c having had each doses, Kluge stated, as he warned residents to proceed to train warning.
“Vaccines could also be a lightweight on the finish of the tunnel, however we can’t be blinded by that gentle,” he stated.