The head of the WHO in Europe has expressed doubts about vaccines’ ability to put an end to the Covid pandemic, as new variants dash hopes of reaching herd immunity.
Faced with the possibility that the virus may be around for many years, health officials must now “anticipate how to gradually adapt our vaccination strategy,” in particular on the question of additional doses, Hans Kluge told reporters.
In May, the WHO director had said “the pandemic will be over once we reach 70% minimum coverage in vaccination”.
Another milestone day in our COVID-19 vaccine programme.
90% of 18+ now have full vaccination.
People continue to come forward and can continue to do so.
Also important that everyone complete their vaccine schedule. pic.twitter.com/hsdgIdcYES
— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) September 10, 2021
Via The Irish Times:
Up to August 31, more than 6.84 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine had been administered, with the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) receiving 14,844 reports of suspected side effects in the same period. Of these, 8,686 related to Pfizer or Moderna mRNA technology vaccines, while adenoviral vector vaccines (AstraZeneca and Janssen) accounted for 6,059 reports.
The HPRA says it received 78 reports of suspected side effects among adolescents aged 12-17 years who had received an mRNA vaccine. The agency is “closely monitoring” any reports related to teenagers and overall the symptoms are consistent with those reported in adults.
There have been 60 reports relating to inflammatory conditions of the heart in people who had received an mRNA vaccine. Of these, 18 were suspected myocarditis, 26 suspected pericarditis and 16 were a combination of the two.
Nine reports of blood clotting combined with low platelets were reported among people who had received the AstraZeneca or Janssen vaccines.
Nine reports of a rare immune disorder of the nerves, Guillain-Barré syndrome, have also been received following vaccination with AstraZeneca or Janssen
There have been 86 instances (75 involving an mRNA vaccine) where an individual who had been vaccinated subsequently passed away.
Someone offers you a vaccine & when you say, "no thanks," they tell you you will be barred from public amenities til you change your mind.
Then, they say they will have to keep locking down the community til you comply. Would you begin to feel a little suspicious?
— David Thunder (@davidjthunder) September 10, 2021
I am pro-vaccine & fully vaccinated but I find it disturbing that any media would encourage segregation & a divide in society by telling listeners unvaccinated people should “get out” or be ‘disinvited' from a wedding. https://t.co/Usy7EWtMOU
— Niall Boylan (@Niall_Boylan) September 10, 2021
G’wan the RTÉ.