Why Is Europe In No Hurry To Vaccinate?

Why Is Europe In No Hurry To Vaccinate?
Why Is Europe In No Hurry To Vaccinate?

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Video: More European countries halt the rollout of the Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccine 2022, December
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More than two months have passed since the start of vaccination. And they were grafted - nothing at all. On average in Europe, in countries such as Germany, France, Italy and Spain, 3% of the population was vaccinated. In Bulgaria, Latvia, and even less - even a percentage is not recruited. Vaccination rates are "sluggish", writes Bloomberg.

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Investors are very worried about this. Slow vaccination threatens to disrupt the summer tourist season in Europe for the second time. Only by the end of summer, three-quarters of adult Europeans, necessary for herd immunity, can be vaccinated. This is two months later than planned. Such a delay would cost the EU economy up to $ 100 billion, Bloomberg experts calculated. Why is Europe slowing down vaccinations? In the EU, they talk about a shortage of drugs, interruptions and bureaucratic problems. Italy even blocked the export of the drug to Australia from its plant so that the AstraZenec vaccine would be available to the Italians themselves. France is going to make a similar decision. The shortage of vaccines is associated with the clumsy bureaucracy, explains Mikhail Tamm, associate professor at Moscow State University and the Higher School of Economics.

Mikhail Tamm Associate Professor at Moscow State University and the Higher School of Economics “Somehow we were sluggish and not very smart about purchasing in the early stages. They had such an idea that everything should be done by a single European Union pool, because if it is good in some countries and bad in others, it will be very politically bad, and this will create various tensions. Therefore, they instructed the European Commission to deal with this issue: to distribute vaccines between countries. And it didn't work out very well, apparently for purely bureaucratic reasons. Everything is bad here too: worse than in Europe. This is due primarily, apparently, to the fact that no one is campaigning for vaccination in any way sufficiently active."

In those European countries outside the EU, the vaccination situation is better. In Serbia, for example, almost 10% of citizens are vaccinated. The same percentage, by the way, is in the USA. Perhaps this is due to the fact that, in addition to the vaccines Pfizer, Modern and AstraZenec approved by the European Union, there is also the Russian Sputnik V in Serbia. The UK is generally the best in Europe. Every third inhabitant is vaccinated there. Israel became the leader in the world. There were vaccinated 40%. In Russia, the situation is worse - only about 3%, and this is not a matter of bureaucracy or small production capacities. It's just that compatriots do not consider it necessary to be vaccinated, and this is confirmed by sociologists. There have been reports of several deaths following the Pfizer vaccine. It has now become known that a woman has died in Austria after the AstraZenec vaccine. The authorities have banned the use of the suspicious party.

But the fears are in vain, says Ilya Yasny, PhD in Chemistry, head of scientific expertise of the Inbio Ventures pharmaceutical venture fund. No one has proven the link between vaccination and subsequent death.

Ilya Yasny, PhD in Chemistry, Head of Scientific Expertise of Inbio Ventures, a pharmaceutical venture fund “Until an investigation has been carried out, nothing can be asserted. Now they are vaccinating widely, and, purely according to statistics, if you vaccinate a million people, then among them within a week someone will die. Therefore, there is no cause for concern yet. On the contrary, I would recommend journalists not to focus on these cases, because this only sows mistrust in vaccines. Many have heard past reports of 21 retirees who have died since the introduction of Pfizer, but have not heard the message later that there was no link between the vaccine and the vaccine."

According to the calculations of scientists from the American University of Hopkins, who are monitoring the statistics of covid, by the end of this year, three quarters of the world's population will be vaccinated - what is needed for herd immunity. But these three quarters will not be evenly distributed around the world. Moreover, the vaccination must be repeated - as a rule, after six months. This means that not three quarters, but less than half, will be protected from coronavirus. And new parties will be required.

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