Further rise in the number of COVID-19 cases expected in late August-early September

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The coordinator of the vaccination campaign in Romania, Valeriu Gheorghiță, has warned that a new increase in the number of COVID-19 cases is expected, probably at the end of August-beginning of September and, most likely, it will be the Indian strain (Delta) of SARS-CoV-2.

The experience that the United Kingdom is going through at the moment shows that this infection is spreading mainly among unvaccinated people and it is no coincidence that this strain is present especially in young people in Great Britain, where the percentage of unvaccinated is quite high, said Valeriu Gheorghiţă.

The message is to really complete the vaccination schedule. The UK today has reduced that interval between the two doses from 12 weeks to 8 weeks, to speed up the vaccination of those who received a first dose, just that this tendency to affect people who received a single dose was observed “, said Valeriu Gheorghiță.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last week that he would postpone by four weeks, until July 19, the lifting of the last restrictions imposed in England to fight the coronavirus epidemic, due to an increase in delta-related cases, initially in India. The delta variant of coronavirus has arrived from India in more than 70 countries and is about to become dominant globally, warns the World Health Organization.

The coordinator of the national vaccination campaign also said that Romania had in stock, at the end of last week, about 6 million doses of all four types of vaccine used in our country, and of these, around 35,000 doses of vaccine from the company AstraZeneca have an expiration date of June 30. He explained that these doses must be redistributed either at European level or enter the resale or donation mechanism.

“It is ethical and natural to benefit from vaccines those who want to be vaccinated, who need them and are third countries that have not had such good access, as easy to vaccines as Romania had, as others European countries, and that is why it is important to support the other countries, in order to equalize the access to the vaccine ”, pointed out Valeriu Gheorghiță.

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