British government maintains that Chile’s experience shows that it is not enough to get vaccinated to end the pandemic

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British government maintains that Chile’s experience shows that it is not enough to get vaccinated to end the pandemic

Chris Whitty, the British government’s Health Councilor, highlighted Chile for the “great effort to vaccinate on a large scale” although he warned that, in that country, in parallel, COVID-19 infections began to increase.

This Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press conference where he was consulted about the case of Chile, which has a successful vaccination plan, but at the same time registers high numbers of new coronavirus infections.

It was the British government’s Health Adviser, Chris Whitty, the UK’s top medical expert and advisor, who responded that the Chilean experience shows that vaccination does not end the pandemic.

In this sense, he clarified that restrictive mobility measures should be gradually reduced.

At the end of March, Chile had to confine more than 80% of its population (more than 14 million people) due to the increase in covid-19 cases, despite having started the vaccination plan positively at the end of the year. past and beginning of this, going to have 3,591 cases on January 1 to 5,168 on April 6. The Andean country has more than 35% of its population vaccinated with one dose and 20% with two doses.

The United Kingdom was in 2020 one of the epicenters of infections worldwide. At the beginning of this year they applied a strict quarantine while developing a vaccination campaign at a good pace. It was thus that it went from having a peak of 68 thousand infections on January 8 (the highest in 2021) to having 2,379 cases on Tuesday. 46% of its population is inoculated with one dose and almost 8% have both.

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Due to the severe restriction of mobility, the Johnson government closed study centers and non-essential shops. It was to 10 million workers that wage assistance was extended with subsidies that can reach $ 3,400 per beneficiary, according to the BBC.

As of April 12, they will begin to make the measures more flexible.

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