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Dr Hans Henri Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, has been in Athens this morning, and he had this to say:
Last week, we surpassed 1 million confirmed Covid-19 deaths in the WHO European Region. The situation in our region is serious; 1.6 million new cases are reported every week. That’s 9500 every hour, 160 people every minute.
To date, some 171 million doses of 7 Covid-19 vaccines and products have been administered in the region. Nearly 13% of the European population have received 1 dose, while close to 6% have completed their series.
Globally there has been a very small number of cases of rare blood clotting disorders among the 200 million people that have received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
WHO takes safety events extremely seriously. For now, the risk of suffering blood clots is much higher for someone with Covid-19 than for someone who has taken the AstraZeneca vaccine.