A top official from the World Health Organization, Dr. Hans Kluge has said that Europe has surpassed one million deaths from COVID-19 and the situation remains serious, with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region. Overall, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows nearly three million deaths have been linked to COVID-19 worldwide — with the Americas hardest hit, followed by Europe. The United States, Brazil and Mexico have reported the highest number of deaths, collectively at more than 1.1 million.
Addressing recent concerns about vaccines, Dr. Hans Kluge also said the risk of people suffering blood clots is far higher for people with COVID-19 than people who receive AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine. He also pointed to early signs that transmission may be slowing across several countries and cited declining incidence among the oldest people.
Dr Kluge said the proportion of COVID-19 deaths among people over 80, who have been prioritized for vaccines, had dropped to nearly 30 per cent, the lowest level in the pandemic. For now, the risk of suffering blood clots is much higher for someone with COVID-19 than for someone who has taken the AstraZeneca vaccine, informed Dr. Kluge. He, however, added that let there be no doubt about the effectiveness of AstraZeneca vaccine in reducing COVID-19 hospitalization and preventing deaths and WHO recommends its use for all eligible adults.