WHO warned that the number of Covid-19 cases in Europe increased after countries in the region eased restrictive measures to control the spread of the disease.
“Last week, Europe saw an increase in Covid-19 cases every week for the first time in months,” said the European Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mr. Hans Kluge, told reporters on June 25.
Kluge said dozens of European countries had recorded the recent outbreak of Covid-19.
“30 countries also recorded an increase in the number of new cases in the last 2 weeks. In 11 of these 30 countries, the rising rate of infection has led to recurrent outbreaks and, if left unchecked, will push the European health system to the brink of collapse once more. ” , WHO officials warned.
Kluge did not disclose the names of the countries witnessing the outbreak of Covid-19. Europe currently records about 20,000 new infections and more than 700 deaths from Covid-19 every day.
From 7 weeks ago, Germany began to relax restrictive measures, which were set up to control the spread of disease. However, Germany is facing an outbreak of Covid-19.
On June 23, Germany reinstated a blockade of more than 600,000 people in two districts in the western part of the country, after an outbreak in a slaughterhouse infected more than 1,500 workers.
Portugal also reintroduced measures to limit infection in the capital and surrounding areas from June 23.
However, Kluge still appreciates Poland, Germany, Spain and Israel for responding quickly to outbreaks at schools, coal mines and food production facilities in recent weeks.
“When new outbreaks emerge, they are controlled through rapid interventions. This is good news, ”the WHO official added.
Developing the Covid-19 vaccine may take a year
“It is very difficult to say with certainty that we will have the vaccine. We have never had a vaccine for the new corona virus. So if the vaccine is found, hopefully it will be, it will be the first one, ”Tedros said.
Tedros said the WHO had more than 100 Covid-19 vaccine candidates.
“Hopefully, there will be vaccines, so we can have them in the next year. If promoted, it may not even take a year, but only a few months. That’s what scientists are saying, ”said the WHO leader.
According to the China National Biotec Corporation and the United Arab Emirates state media (UAE), China and the UAE have launched clinical trials of the Covid-19 vaccine for phase 3. This is considered a step. new progress in the race to find a solution to the global pandemic.
Previously, Oxford University also began testing Covid-19 vaccine stage 3, while US company Moderna also plans to start testing Covid-19 vaccine phase 3 for 30,000 people in July.
Pharmaceutical companies around the world are still working hard to find a vaccine to treat Covid-19. Vaccines need to go through a number of testing steps to ensure a safe and effective level. This process usually takes several years.
It’s unclear when the Covid-19 vaccine will hit the market, but researchers hope it can be produced by early 2021.