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Brussels – AFP
On Thursday, the European Commission announced that 200 million people in the European Union have been fully vaccinated against “Covid-19”, i.e. more than half of the adult population, at a time when the World Health Organization warned of the long-term effects of the pandemic on mental health.
“Today there are 200 million fully vaccinated people in the European Union,” Commission spokeswoman Dana Spinant said at a news conference. She pointed out that this number “represents 54.7% of fully vaccinated adults, by receiving the two required doses, or a single dose, of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”
“We have 68.4% of unionized adults who have received their first dose,” said Spynant, praising this “very tangible progress.”
“We are now one of the regions of the world that has registered the highest vaccination rate,” she added. But most importantly, this progress is distributed more evenly so that there are no areas where the virus can spread and mutate.”
According to official data, the countries of the Union gave more than 440 million doses of vaccines, or 98.4 doses per 100 people, while the United States gave 102.4 doses per 100 people. And European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced this month that Europe has enough doses to vaccinate at least 70% of the adult population this month.
For its part, the World Health Organization has warned that the impact of Covid on mental and mental health will be long-lasting and far-reaching.
“Everyone is affected in one way or another,” the World Organization said in a statement at the start of a two-day meeting in Athens with health ministers from dozens of countries. Concerns about the transmission of the virus and the psychological impact of closures and self-isolation contributed to triggering a mental health crisis, along with pressures related to unemployment and fears. Financial and social isolation. The statement added: “The effects of the epidemic on mental health will be long-lasting and far-reaching.”
The World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said mental health should be considered a “fundamental human right”, stressing that the virus has contributed to tearing people’s lives apart. Worldwide, more than four million people have lost their lives, their livelihoods have been destroyed, families and communities have fallen apart, companies have gone bankrupt and people have been denied opportunities.”
The World Health Organization called for strengthening mental health in general and improving access to care through technology. She also urged the improvement of psychological support services in schools, universities, workplaces and workers on the front lines of the fight against Covid.
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