Europe's Covid spread is 'warning shot' for rest of world: WHO

Europe's Covid spread is 'warning shot' for rest of world: WHO
A newborn baby infected with Covid-19 receives oxygen at a maternity hospital in Volgograd, Russia on Aug 19, 2021.
PHOTO: Reuters file

GENEVA - Europe registered a 55 per cent rise in Covid-19 cases in the last four weeks, despite the availability of vaccines, which should serve as a "warning shot" to other regions, World Health Organisation (WHO) officials said on Thursday (Nov 4).

WHO emergency director Mike Ryan said that some European countries have "sub-optimal vaccination coverage" despite availability.

"It's a warning shot for the world to see what is happening in Europe despite availability of vaccination," Ryan told a news conference.

WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said that Indian drugmaker Bharat Biotech's Covaxin showed about 70 per cent efficacy against the delta variant.

The WHO said on Wednesday that it has granted approval for its emergency use listing.

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