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Delta variant destroys the Junta's Covid herd immunity calculations

Mask wearing in the street.
Mask wearing in the street. / SUR
  • David Moreno, head of the vaccination campaign in Andalucía, has admitted that "the rules of the game have changed", while also urging pregnant women to get jabbed

The head of Andalucía's vaccination campaign, David Moreno, has admitted that "he does not believe it possible that group immunity is achieved" with 70 per cent of the population vaccinated against Covid-19, since "the rules of the game have changed with the new Delta variant.”

In an interview on Canal Sur, Moreno said that this variant "is much more contagious" so that "the calculations of original 70 per cent calculations that we had regarding the original variants have been ruined", believing a coverage of "85 or 90 per cent" is required in order to "control this strain."

Regarding the planned Covid certificate for admission to nightlife, Moreno acknowledged that it is a "controversial" measure but that "it is aimed at improving public health, to try to limit the transmission of the virus, at least during a time in which the entire population is not yet vaccinated.”

He pointed out that “there are many young people who are not vaccinated and they obviously want to have their normal social life but, right now, there are problems with are many cases in young people, so they are measures that must be taken.”

Moreno highlighted that “61 per cent of people between 20 and 29 years old are already vaccinated and in the age group from 16 to 19 years "a third of them have already been vaccinated.”

The head of vaccinations at the Andalusian regional government also pointed out that there are pregnant women "admitted to hospital suffering from Covid", stressing that "none of them vaccinated" which shows "the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine in pregnant women." Moreno has encouraged "all pregnant women to make an appointment", emphasising that "an attempt is being made to prioritise their vaccination in health centres."