All of the COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for use meet the standards requirements for safety, efficacy and quality, WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Kluge, said in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) released on Monday.
“Vaccination is one of the key tools to preventing COVID-19 and to ending the pandemic,” he underlined.
In the European Region, we are seeing signs that the number of cases is plateauing, but there are still close to 1.6 million new cases of COVID-19 every week, he said and added:
“So the situation is serious, we are not out of the woods, and must live with the virus for some time to come. However, what is important to note is that we have powerful tools at our disposal to combat the virus, and, by now, we know how to use them. Physical distancing works, masks work, hand hygiene works, ventilation works. Surveillance, testing, contact tracing, isolation, supportive quarantine and compassionate care – they all work to stop infections and save lives. Public health and social measures break the chains of transmission, and these must be combined with the longer-term strategy of vaccination. It is only by using all these weapons that we can stop the virus.”