4th wave of Covid-19 worries WHO: ‘Vaccines don’t totally prevent transmission’ | Health

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The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said at a press conference this Wednesday (24) that the agency is concerned about the false idea of ​​safety that vaccines provide amidst the 4th wave of Covid-19.

“Vaccines save lives, but they don’t completely prevent the transmission of Covid-19,” said the director.

“In many countries and communities, we are concerned about the false sense of security that vaccines ended the Covid-19 pandemic and that people who are vaccinated do not need to take any other precautions,” he added.

Furthermore, Tedros indicated data on the transmissibility of the new coronavirus through the Delta variant, the most transmissible among those identified so far. According to him, before the new variant, vaccines reduced transmission by about 60%. With Delta, the reduction dropped to approximately 40%.

“If you get vaccinated, you have a much lower risk of severe Covid and death, but you still run the risk of getting infected and infecting others. Continue to take precautions. This means wearing a mask, keeping your distance, avoiding crowds and meeting other people outside if you can, or inside, but in a well-ventilated space,” added the director general.

4th wave of Covid-19

According to the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mariângela Simão, “the world is entering a fourth wave” of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In recent days, more than 60% of all Covid-19 cases and deaths are being registered on the European continent. The growth has already crowded health systems in Europe, as is the case of the Netherlands, which needed to transfer patients to Germany. However, although the trigger is happening again in Europe, Tedros says that no country or region is out of harm’s way.

“It is important that all countries increase vaccination now and ensure that the correct measures are in place to avoid worse consequences in future waves”, concluded the Director General of WHO.