4 May 2021
Top scientists at the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday several countries which had reached vaccination levels of about 50% of the population were seeing "significant reductions" in coronavirus cases.
WHO's Chief Scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said "We've seen country after country now that, as you reach about 50% population coverage, you start seeing significant reductions in cases and and you see the reduction in deaths, you know, even earlier as the priority populations are covered first.And I think India has done well in terms of rolling out the vaccination program in using the private sector and the public sector to do that. The limitation, of course, right now is the supply."
Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO Health Emergencies Programme Technical Lead, expressed concern for some countries which had not yet had access to vaccines and were seeing growing rates of hospitalisation and virus transmission.
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