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European agency calls for more vaccinations for fear of the delta variable |  Science news to improve the quality of life |  DW

European agency calls for more vaccinations for fear of the delta variable | Science news to improve the quality of life | DW

The European Union’s disease control agency on Wednesday (06/23) called for a faster vaccination in Europe, predicting that the delta type of Covid-19 virus – a mutation first recorded in India and highly transmissible – would account for 90% of all cases. in the bloc countries by the end of August.

“It is very likely that the delta variant will spread more intensely this summer,” Andrea Amon, director of the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), said, referring to the warmest season of the year, which begins in summer. Amid the easing of health restrictions in many European countries due to low infection rates.

Amon cautioned that current data indicates that individuals who received only one vaccination dose are still susceptible to contracting variable disease, although he said the second injection provides a high level of protection. So I encouraged people to take the second dose as soon as possible.

Between 40% and 60% are more contagious

The ECDC found the delta variant to be transmitted between 40% and 60% more than the alpha variant, which was first seen in the UK and is currently dominant across the continent. The agency expects this delta strain to continue spreading rapidly, accounting for up to 70% of all infections in Europe as early as August.

The agency notes that “the delta variant is more transmissible than other circulating variants, and we estimate that by the end of August it will account for 90%” of new cases in the EU.

According to the organization, about 30% of people over the age of 80 and about 40% of people over the age of 60 have not been fully vaccinated on the premises. “At this stage, it is necessary to give the second dose of the vaccine within the minimum time allowed after the first dose,” Amoun stressed.

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The center also urged caution in easing health restrictions, warning that this could lead to a “rapid and sharp rise” in infections among all age groups. As a result, the European official said, there may be an increase in hospitalizations and deaths, “which could reach the same level as in the fall of 2020, if no further measures are taken”.

md (AFP, ots)