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Corona – WHO criticizes: Europe vaccinates “unacceptably slow” – politics abroad

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has denounced the corona vaccination campaign in Europe as “unacceptably slow”.

“Vaccines are currently our best way to get out of this pandemic,” said WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge (52) on Thursday. The slow distribution of the vaccine in Europe leads to a “prolongation” of the pandemic.


WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge (52) is responsible for 53 countries, including Russia and several former Soviet nations in Central Asia

WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge (52) is responsible for 53 countries, including Russia and several former Soviet nations in Central AsiaPhoto: IDA GULDBAEK ARENTSEN / AFP

The distribution of the vaccines must be accelerated by boosting production and removing bureaucratic hurdles, said Kluge. “Every single ampoule that we have in stock must be used – now.”

The WHO described the infection situation in Europe as more “worrying” than it has been for months.

▶ ︎ US President Joe Biden (78) also cited Europe as a negative example two weeks ago and pleaded with the Americans: “Please, please, don’t let what happens in Europe happen as you see it on TV!”

While the number of new weekly infections in Europe was less than a million four weeks ago, this value was already 1.6 million last week. The number of deaths from coronavirus in Europe “is rapidly approaching the million,” warns the WHO.

The total number of corona infections registered in Europe will soon exceed the 45 million mark.


Covid-19 vaccinations in selected countries - infographic

The WHO emergency coordinator for Europe, Dorit Nitzan, warned of the development of new mutations if the speed at which the coronavirus is currently spreading is not reduced.

“The likelihood of new variants of concern increases with the rate at which the virus replicates and spreads,” she said. It is therefore “crucial” to curb virus transmission “through basic disease control measures”.

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