Sumary of Europe scrambles for COVID-19 control with boosters and shots for kids:
- Europe scrambled on Thursday to regain control over a resurgent coronavirus as governments pushed for adult boosters and shots for young children in a sign of growing unease over a pandemic that has killed 1.5 million people across the continent.
- British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said scientists were “deeply concerned” about the new variant as it “may be more transmissible” than delta and current vaccines may be less effective against it.
- The country last week began requiring people to prove they are vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 or recently tested negative before they can travel on public transport or enter workplaces.
- In Paris, Health Minister Olivier Veran said COVID-19 booster shots would be accessible to all adults starting this weekend.
- From January 15, people over 18 would need to show proof of a top-up vaccine dose to maintain a valid COVID-19 pass, which is required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms and other public venues.
- Belgium, which reimposed tougher curbs only last week, has seen an uptick far worse than projected, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said.
- The spiking cases see Europe re-emerge as the pandemic’s epicenter, with the continent battling sluggish vaccine uptake in some nations, the highly contagious delta variant, colder weather sending people indoors and the easing of restrictions.