Young people may not have vaccine available before 2022, warns World Health Organization

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Although there is a strong movement to encourage the production of vaccines for covid-19, they may not be available to young people before 2022, according to the World Health Organization chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan.

“As many people agree, in the beginning the priority will be on health service workers and workers on essential services, and even then those who are most at risk, alongside the elderly, etc., will have to be defined,” WHO.

Two of the most advanced vaccines have already had problems with their development, which is common in these cases: Johnson & Johnson trials are suspended, after one of the test participants became ill, and those at AstraZeneca have stopped twice. “The production of billions of doses of a successful vaccine will not fail to imply a colossal challenge that requires tough decisions about who will be inoculated first,” recalls the newspaper “The Guardian”.

The warnings of the scientist in charge of the World Health Organization extend to the possible increase in mortality due to the new coronavirus, which is expected to increase, along with infections, with growth spurts in several countries.

The death toll from covid-19 dropped worldwide to 5,000 a day, while in April it was about 7,500. “But we cannot be complacent about the fact that deaths are falling,” warned Soumya Swaminathan, stressing that “in the coming weeks” there may be a warning sign in the face of the increase in infections that is taking place.

Infections rising, but deaths falling in Europe

The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the number of new daily cases of infection with the new coronavirus in Europe is higher than the first months of the pandemic, but the number of deaths is lower.

According to the regional director, Hans Kluge, in a press conference, the number of new daily cases is currently “two to three times” higher than what happened in the first months of the pandemic, but the number of deaths is “five times lower”.

The explanation, he said, will be the fact that “the transmission is taking place in younger and less vulnerable people”, but he warned that the situation “has the potential to drastically worsen with social contact between generations indoors”.

Hans Kluge argued that “it is time to increase restrictive measures” in contact between lighter people, stressing that “the pandemic will not reverse the course for itself”.

However, he stressed, it is necessary that these measures are “adapted to national and regional realities” and must be “proportional and limited in time”, based on “epidemiological data and taking into account the side effects” in society.

The objective will be to avoid even more restrictive measures such as the widespread confinement that occurred in March and April, with Hans Kluge stressing that “the pandemic today is not what it was yesterday”, when most countries were “caught” without being prepared to face it. The measures worth betting on are those that encourage self-protection and discourage large concentrations of people.

“These measures aim to keep us ahead of the curve [epidemiol√≥gica] and flatten it out. It is up to us to accept them while they are still relatively easy to comply with before more severe action is needed “, warned the WHO official.

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