Corona vaccines reduce the chance of infection with the now dominant Delta variant by about 40 percent. However, vaccines create a false sense of security, warns the World Health Organization WHO.
The risk of severe illness or death is much lower, but you still risk being infected or infecting others.
Vaccines save lives, but they do not completely prevent transmission, emphasizes WHO boss Tedros. He urges vaccinated people to continue taking measures to prevent them from contracting Covid-19 and passing on the disease.
Last week, more than 60 percent of all Covid-19 infections and deaths reported worldwide were again in Europe. The sheer number of cases is putting unsustainable pressures on the health sector and depleted healthcare staff, Tedros said. “We are concerned about the false sense of security that vaccines have ended the pandemic and that people who have been vaccinated do not need to take other precautions.”
Before the arrival of the Delta variant, vaccines appeared to reduce transmission by about 60 percent. Now that has dropped to about 40 percent, emphasizes Tedros. The more contagious Delta variant now reigns all over the world. Almost all other variants and the original species have been supplanted.