Sunday, August 14

Brussels alerts: “In countries with higher vaccination rates, such as Spain, the risk of death from COVID is 30 times lower”

“The conclusion is clear,” says the European Commission: “Fully vaccinated people are less likely to die from COVID-19 than those who are not vaccinated. The data shows this.” The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, insisted on this Tuesday in the plenary session of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg: “Many Member States are facing a new wave due to the Delta variant.”

“However,” von der Leyen continued, “we are now in a better position than ever to break the wave because our vaccines protect us. Vaccinated people are much less likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19, to have to go to hospital or die from COVID-19. And it is also clear that in most countries intensive care beds are now occupied mainly by patients who are not vaccinated or are only partially vaccinated. The relationship is obvious. : In countries like Portugal and Spain, for example, where 80% to 90% of adults are vaccinated, the risk of dying from COVID-19 is 30 times lower than in countries with the lowest vaccination rates. ”

“If we look at hospitalization and mortality rates,” continued Von der Leyen, “we are mainly facing a pandemic of the unvaccinated. That is why our main priority is and continues to be to move forward with vaccination. There are still large differences in vaccination. EU. In some Member States only 29% of adults are fully vaccinated and in others more than 92%. We must remain determined to educate and inform. We must visit every city, every town and every village to convince people to get vaccinated, to protect themselves and others. ”

Von der Leyen has sentenced: “In addition, we need booster doses for those who are already vaccinated. We are lucky that in Europe we have enough vaccines.”

Booster dose

In full debate about the upcoming expiration of the European vaccination certificate, with the rise of the coronavirus in central Europe and the consequences that this may have on non-essential travel within the borders of the EU even at the risk of threatening free movement of people again, the president of the European Commission has defended the booster doses, which are being given in some countries – but not others – and in some age groups ..

“Booster doses help us keep immunity against the virus high,” said Von der Leyen: “Vaccination is our best protection against the pandemic. However, other measures are still needed to stop the spread of the virus. distance, wearing a mask, hygiene rules are still as important as ever. ”

Von der Leyen has expressed empathy with pandemic fatigue: “I understand that many of us are fed up with COVID-19. But we must not forget one thing: Last week, an average of 1,600 people died from COVID-19 every day in the EU. 1,600 people, day after day. For this reason, vaccination and hygiene measures are an act of solidarity. And they save lives. ”