WHO: overconfidence in vaccines may bring a new wave of covid

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The director of Health Emergencies of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mike Ryan, stressed today that despite the fact that more than a hundred countries have already started vaccinations, community prevention measures or new waves of covid must continue -19 could arrive.

"It is not the time to relax with the measures, if we do we run the risk of having a new wave of cases," said Ryan, after learning that in the past week the number of global infections rose 7%, after six weeks of declines.

The Irish expert insisted that the fight against COVID now has three fundamental pillars - individual prevention measures, public health surveillance and vaccinations - and that only if all three work at the same time "can we make confinements a thing of the past."

"Failing in one of them, we will return to large-scale social measures," warned Ryan at the weekly meeting of WHO experts with Internet users, through social networks, EFE reported.

"I understand that we are all tired and fed up, but control is in our hands, we are approaching the light at the end of the tunnel," stressed the head of WHO emergencies.

Ryan explained that some 115 countries have begun vaccinations and some 265 million doses have been administered on the planet, although the distribution is still uneven, and 80 percent of them have been used in only ten countries (including the US, China or the United Kingdom, which leads the absolute figures for immunizations).

The expert also recalled and celebrated as great news in the fight against COVID the beginning of the distribution of vaccines through the COVAX solidarity network, which since last week has already sent some 10 million doses to a dozen countries, including Colombia, Ghana, Ivory Coast or South Korea.

The head of the WHO anticovid technical unit, Maria Van Kerkhove, mentioned in the same virtual meeting the concern that new variants of the coronavirus generate in the fight against the pandemic (one of them, the British one, is already present in more than a hundred countries).

However, the American stressed that for now it has been proven that the usual prevention measures (avoiding crowded places, mask, hand hygiene) also work against these new variants, first found in patients from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.

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