SHOCKING figures show the slow adoption of the Covid vaccine in Europe as France sees cases skyrocket among those who have not been bitten.
In Romania – where bodies pile up outside mortuaries as infections skyrocket – only 38% of the population has received a single dose of the vaccine.
Bottom of the vaccination table in Europe is Bulgaria, where only one in four people have received a single vaccine – compared to 88% in the UK.
All the countries with the lowest vaccination rates are former communist countries in Eastern Europe, where there is strong mistrust of the government.
The continent has seen Covid cases skyrocket and the World Health Organization has warned the death toll could reach 700,000 this winter.
France has now seen a fifth wave cross the country at “lightning speed” with an infection rate up 80% from last week.
The country has a relatively high vaccination rate and at least 90 percent of the population has received at least one dose.
But officials focused on those who weren’t bitten, as well as more winter socialization indoors and the virulent Delta strain, as the source of the current wave.
Intensive care admissions are up 26% and the vast majority are unvaccinated patients.
“There are nine times more intensive care admissions and deaths among the unvaccinated than among the vaccinated,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal said.
The French National Scientific Council has called on the government to “step up efforts at first vaccination, because unvaccinated people are ten times more likely to need hospitalization and intensive care”.
The country is almost certain to keep its health passport showing that people have been doubly vaccinated to enter restaurants, cafes and other places.
Attal defended the decision to “place the weight of restrictions on unvaccinated people rather than vaccinated people.”
Other countries in Europe where vaccination has been slow are also trying to bite their populations.
The most extreme measures were announced by Austria, which said it would introduce compulsory vaccination.
FEAR OF DEATH
The Czech Republic will deploy vaccine passports, which will be needed to go to bars, restaurants, hairdressers, museums and use hotels.
Greece – where two-thirds of the population have received a single dose – has said that the unvaccinated will not be able to enter bars, restaurants, theaters and gyms.
WHO research suggests that by March 1, hospital beds will be under extreme stress in 25 countries.
And there could be extreme or high stress in IC units in 49 out of 53 countries, the United Nations global health body has warned.
This comes from the fact that the AstraZeneca boss said Europe is battling a new Covid outbreak because it is avoiding the company’s jab.
Pascal Soriot said the company’s vaccine offers deeper and longer lasting protection than those from Pfizer and Moderna.
Last year, EU leaders launched a disinformation campaign on the safety of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine and distributed tens of millions of Pfizer vaccines instead.
But now infection rates are skyrocketing on the continent and some countries’ intensive care figures are more than triple those in the UK.
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