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WHO expert ‘shudders’ when watching the Euro final

TPO – A World Health Organization (WHO) scientist expressed concern when he witnessed the crowd without masks shouting at the Euro 2020 European football championship final on Sunday in London. Brother).

“The recipe for disaster”

Posting on Twitter on July 11, when England and Italy were competing for the Euro 2020 championship at Wembley Stadium, WHO COVID-19 research team leader Maria Van Kerkhove expressed concern “when see the disease spread right before our eyes”.

“The pandemic is not over yet. The SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Delta variant will “take advantage” of unvaccinated people in crowded places, people without masks, shouting/singing.”

Earlier, in June, England signed an agreement with the European Football Federation (UEFA), allowing Wembley Stadium in London to fill 75% of the 90,000 seats for three July matches, including the final. .

Katie Smallwood, a senior WHO official, said in early July that “mass gatherings will become super-spreading events, given the growing number of cases.”

The European Parliament’s Public Health Committee described the decision to allow 60,000 fans into Wembley as a “recipe for disaster”.

Scotland has recorded hundreds of cases linked to a group of 1,300 fans who traveled to London to watch the match between England and Scotland on June 18.

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in the UK these days is increasing rapidly, partly due to the Delta variant, partly due to the gradual lifting of restrictions by the authorities. According to the statistics of WorldometersFrom 7 to 12 July, the number of new COVID-19 cases per day in the UK was above 30,000.

From July 19, most of the remaining restrictions in the UK will be lifted, including the requirement to wear a mask and keep a distance.

WHO recommends third dose of vaccine

The World Health Organization yesterday said that developed countries should not order the vaccine to give their citizens the third dose, in the context that many other countries are still in short supply of vaccines.

According to WHO Director-General – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is increasing again, the Delta variant is gradually becoming the dominant variant, and many countries are still not receiving enough doses of the vaccine to vaccinate. for medical staff.

“The Delta variant is spreading around the world at breakneck speed, and is now available in 104 countries,” said Tedros. “The world supply of COVID-19 vaccine is uneven and unfair. Some countries and regions are ordering millions of shots for booster shots, while many other countries don’t have enough supplies to immunize health workers and vulnerable populations.”

The WHO director general said that Pfizer and Moderna are aiming to provide booster vaccines in countries that already have high vaccination rates. But according to Tedros, these two companies should move their vaccines into COVAX – a vaccine-sharing program mainly for middle-income and more disadvantaged countries.

The WHO’s chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, said the organization had so far not seen evidence that booster vaccinations are necessary for people who have received the full dose of the vaccine.

“This must be based on science and data, not on individual companies’ claims that their vaccines should be given as a booster.”

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