German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes the European Union needs to adopt a unified approach to travel rules to further control the spread of the highly contagious delta version of COVID-19.
As she arrives in Brussels for today’s EU summit, Merkel said the EU is “clearly concerned” about the delta variant of the coronavirus, TheSchengen.com reports.
“I will push for a more coordinated approach, particularly with regard to entries from regions where virus variants abound,” Merkel noted.
The European Union’s Disease Control Agency recently called for a faster vaccine launch in Europe, where the delta variant of the coronavirus is expected to account for about 90 percent of all COVID-19 cases through the end of August.
The Director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Andrea Ammon, noted that people who received only one injection of the COVID vaccine are at risk of infection and hospitalization, which means that young people could develop more infections during this summer.
While EU member states are urging to lift restrictions and facilitate travel through the European COVID-19 vaccination passport, Ammon said there are far too many people in vulnerable age groups across the EU member states who are enjoying sanctuary. They have not yet been vaccinated.
Without maintaining current COVID restrictions and effective vaccination, ECDC expects a wave of infections, deaths, and hospitalizations, similar to fall 2020.
Ammon advised young people who are not yet fully vaccinated to continue practicing social distancing and called on EU public health authorities to speed up the vaccination campaign in order to prevent deaths.
The most recent ECDC data indicates that 33.9 percent of adults in the EU/EEA have been fully vaccinated, and 57.1 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
“The delta variant is more transmissible than other circulating variants, and we estimate that by the end of August, it will account for 90 percent of all Sars-CoV-2 circulating in the EU. Unfortunately, preliminary data shows that individuals who received only one dose can also be infected. of the currently available vaccines.
The delta variant, which affected reopening procedures in the UK, is thought to be 40 per cent to 60 per cent more transmissible than the original strain and could cause an increased risk of hospitalization.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 70 percent of new coronavirus infections in the European Economic Area/EU will be due to this variant by early August and 90 percent of infections by the end of the same month.