COVID outbreak in Europe shows ‘critical’ need to vaccinate millions of people who have yet to be injected in UK, SAGE expert warns

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COVID outbreak in Europe shows ‘critical’ need to vaccinate millions of people who have yet to be injected in UK, SAGE expert warns


Spikes in coronavirus infections across Europe show the “critical” need for people in the UK to be vaccinated, a government science adviser told Sky News.

The surge in cases on the continent has underscored “how quickly things can go wrong,” said Professor John Edmunds, who pointed out that there were still “several million” across Britain who didn’t were still not fully immunized while some had not. COVID-19[feminine[feminineblows.

His comments came as a number of European countries grapple with a resurgence of coronavirus.

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Austria will start national confinement from Monday and will become the first EU country to make vaccination compulsory.

Sources in Whitehall over the weekend played down the immediate need for “Plan B” restrictions, pointing to data released this week showing the protection offered by a recall.

In addition to maximizing the absorption of third doses, officials hope lifting the restrictions earlier in the year will allow Britain to avoid the winter surges currently experienced in mainland Europe.

The latest official national data shows that 88% of people aged 12 and over received a first dose, 80% a second and 25% the booster.

But Professor Edmunds, who is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), said: ‘There are still several million people here in the UK who have not been fully vaccinated – this is critical now. .

“What you are seeing now especially in Central Europe with this very rapid increase in cases, you see the importance of vaccination, how essential it is that people who need their boosters show up as quickly as possible and get vaccinated.

“Those who are still not vaccinated – and there are unfortunately a lot of them out there – should come forward and be vaccinated as soon as possible. “

Regarding the current wave in Europe, he added: “It shows how quickly things can go wrong. “

Professor Edmunds added: “I am concerned about the decline in immunity. The booster doses, it’s pretty clear, give your immune system a definite boost, which can go on for a while, so I think it’s really essential that the booster doses are rolled out as quickly as possible. . “

About 66% of the Austrian population is fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said: “With radical anti-vaccines, by the fake news, too many of us haven’t been vaccinated. The results are overcrowded intensive care units and enormous suffering. “

Germany, with a vaccination rate of 67.5%, has also entered a state of emergency nationwide due to the upsurge in infections, with restrictions to be introduced for people not bitten in COVID hotspots.

Moving in the Netherlands to fight a fourth wave of infection, including restrictions on unvaccinated people, have started riots.

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Meanwhile, data released by the Office for National Statistics showed that while most double-vaccinated adults (90%) in the UK would likely accept a booster vaccine, around 4% said it was very little. likely or somewhat unlikely to have the booster vaccine if offered. .

The most common reasons given were thinking it would offer no additional protection (53%) and believing that the first two would be sufficient to ensure their safety (45%).

Separate official figures have shown that in the seven days leading up to November 19, the number of coronavirus cases in the UK increased by more than 32,000, or 13% – the equivalent of 403 per 100,000 people.

The latest data on people admitted to hospital showed that in the seven days to Nov. 15, the number fell from 291 to 6,183, a drop of 4.5%.

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