Belgian immunologist linked new wave of COVID-19 in the EU to vaccine refusals
a number of reasons, the main of which is the refusal of a number of citizens from vaccination. This opinion was expressed by the Belgian immunologist from the Catholic University of Leuven, Jean-Luc Gala, reports RIA Novosti.
“Vaccination works very well, without it, a lockdown would have already been introduced throughout Europe,” the expert concluded. At the same time, according to him, 90 percent of hospitalized patients who refuse resuscitation have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. However, among seriously ill people there are also citizens with weak immunity and chronic diseases.
Among other reasons for the new wave of coronavirus infection in the EU, Gala named the time factor. He noted that most of the population was vaccinated more than six months ago, so it is necessary to start revaccination of the elderly. “We can come to a situation similar to influenza, when vaccinations are carried out annually,” the immunologist clarified.
Earlier, the director of the European Bureau of the World Health Organization (WHO) Hans Kluge predicted the death of half a million people in Europe due to COVID -19. According to him, the next wave of coronavirus in European countries is observed due to the approaching cold weather, low vaccination rates in a number of countries and the emergence of more infectious strains.