About vaccines and mutations.. Global Health: Our strategies towards Corona must be changed

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publish date 2021-09-11 08:55:27

The director of the European branch of the World Health Organization, Hans Kluge, seemed more pessimistic, on Friday, about the ability of the high rate of vaccination alone to stop the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, due to the emergence of mutagens that reduced the possibility of the formation of group immunity.

With the possibility that the disease will remain rampant in the long term without being able to eradicate it, Kluge called during a press conference to “pro-actively adapt our strategies on vaccination”, especially on the issue of booster doses.

In May, the UN health official confirmed that “the epidemic will end when we vaccinate a minimum of 70%” of the world’s population.

When asked if this target is still valid or if it should be lifted, Kluge indicated that the new highly infectious mutants, especially the delta mutant, changed the data.

He explained that when he made the statement months ago, “no more transmissible mutants had emerged,” although the delta mutant, first detected in India, was widespread at that time.

“So I think that brings us to the point that the primary goal of vaccination is above all to prevent severe forms of disease and death,” Kluge said.

He added: “If we consider that Covid will continue to mutate and will remain with us, like a cold, then we must be proactive in how we adapt our vaccination strategy to chronic transmission of infection and come to a very accurate knowledge of the effect of additional doses.”

According to epidemiologists, it seems that the formation of group immunity only through vaccines has become a distant prospect, but vaccination is still essential to contain the outbreak of the epidemic.

Kluge pointed out, on Friday, that achieving a very high level of vaccination is still very essential, “to relieve pressure on our health systems, which are in dire need to treat other diseases different from Covid.”

The Corona virus has caused the death of at least 4,602,565 people in the world since the World Health Organization office in China reported the emergence of the disease at the end of December 2019.

At least 223,069,340 people have been confirmed infected with the virus since its appearance. The vast majority of those infected recovered, although some continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

The figures are based on daily reports issued by each country’s health authorities and exclude subsequent reviews by statistical agencies that indicate much higher death numbers.

The World Health Organization, taking into account the excess mortality rate directly or indirectly related to Covid-19, considers that the outcome of the epidemic may be two or three times greater than the officially announced outcome.

A large proportion of less serious cases or asymptomatic cases remain undetected despite the intensification of examinations in a large number of countries.

The United States is the most affected country in terms of deaths and injuries, followed by Brazil, India, Mexico and Peru.

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