Healthcare systems in Europe and the United States have been depleted by the spread of coronavirus. This was announced on Monday, November 16, by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adan Hebrejesus.
“At the moment we are extremely concerned about the surge of COVID-19 cases in several countries. Especially in Europe and the United States. Employees and healthcare systems are approaching collapse,” RIA Novosti quotes him as saying.
However, he noted that encouraging news about COVID-19 vaccines is now coming in.
According to him, these reports allow to express cautious optimism and hope that new tools to fight the virus will appear in the coming months.
In late October, European Commissioner for Health and Food Security Stella Kiriakides said that under the worst-case scenario, a coronavirus vaccine could not be created in the EU.
At the same time, the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, admitted that the health system of the entire EU is overwhelmed by a new outbreak of coronavirus.
According to the portal Worldometer on November 16, 55.1 million cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the world, 1.3 million patients died and 38.3 million people recovered.