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Won't achieve 'herd immunity in 2021' despite Covid-19 vaccines: WHO

Infections numbers are surging around the world, especially in Europe where nations have been forced to ramp up virus restrictions even as vaccines are rolled out

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The United States played a pivotal role in helping to create the WHO in 1948. Just over 70 years later, President Trump is withdrawing the country from the agency amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Martial Trezzini/EPA
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Scientists at the World Health Organization warned that mass vaccinations would not bring about herd immunity to the coronavirus this year, even as one leading producer boosted its production forecast.

Infections numbers are surging around the world, especially in Europe where nations have been forced to ramp up virus restrictions even as vaccines are rolled out.

"We are not going to achieve any levels of population immunity or herd immunity in 2021," she said, stressing the need to maintain physical dist­ancing, hand-washing and mask-wearing,” said WHO's chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan.

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First Published: Wed, January 13 2021. 01:46 IST
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