The European Union does not want to lower its guard despite having 70% of the population vaccinated against Covid-19. Although the 27 countries of the bloc trust that the worst of the pandemic has already passed, especially in Spain and Italy where it caused serious damage in the first wave, the alert is still maintained because infections, which do not disappear, can increase with the arrival of winter.
The nations of Central and Southern Europe already have three-quarters of their population immunized. The Eastern region, more reluctant with vaccination, barely reaches 50%.
In an attempt to create more awareness among its citizens, the European Union has imposed measures to influence the decision to get vaccinated by requiring a health pass, either proof of vaccination or a negative test, to enter public places such as bars and restaurants. Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Austria are among those who have made this measure mandatory.
While it is intended to convince 100% of citizens to take the two doses, many of these countries of the bloc are already considering applying the third after the green light given by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Europe’s decision to go ahead with the booster dose goes against the request made by the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who asked that before starting a third immunization in rich countries, they should finish vaccinating people from nations with fewer resources.