In the 53 countries of the WHO Europe region, more than two million people have now been shown to have died as a result of Covid 19 disease. Although this number is devastating, it represents only a fraction of the total deaths directly or indirectly related to Covid-19, the European regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday in Copenhagen.
Even if the number of cases is declining, they remain far too high. Sars-CoV-2 remains “a killer virus”, especially for the unvaccinated and vulnerable. Decisive steps are needed on various fronts now and in the long term.
The WHO covers the Europe region more broadly than, for example, the European Union. In addition to the EU, it also includes many countries further east, including Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden spoke of one million Covid 19 deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic. “A million empty chairs at the dinner table. Each one is an irreparable loss,” he said.