In the United Kingdom centers for mass vaccination against Covid
WHO: in 2021 we will not have herd immunity, poor countries back
Rome, 11 Jan. (askanews) – In Great Britain, where the number of deaths from Covid-19 continues to rise, over 81 thousand, while the virus continues to circulate with the most contagious variant, it has raced against time to vaccinate as many people as possible.
British Health Minister Matt Hancock has launched a mass vaccination campaign: it aims to vaccinate 200,000 people a day, 15 million of the most vulnerable by mid-February.
Sports stadiums, racecourses, conference centers have been turned into large vaccination centers in particular in London and Birmingham. The hospitals are exhausted. Here we are in Surrey, southwest of London, where a temporary morgue has been set up because the hospitals are full.
The English variant, more aggressive, also runs in the rest of the world: while France is trying to make up for the delays in the administration of vaccines, it has extended the night curfew in eight other departments; while the new strain has also been found in Australia, Russia and Mexico.
And although vaccines are on the way around the world, the World Health Organization, through Dale Fisher, president of the epidemic alert and response network, warns that it will not quickly return to normal. “Herd immunity is needed but we will not see it in 2021,” he said, referring to many poor countries where it will be more difficult to vaccinate the majority of the population, as well as problems related to community confidence in many countries and new potential mutations. of the virus. In the meantime, however, a team of experts is arriving in China to investigate the origins of Covid.