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Nelson Mail - 2021-11-26

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WHO: Europe must consider mandatory jabs

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It is time for countries to start talking about mandatory Covid-19 vaccination, according to a key World Health Organisation official in badly-hit Europe. Robb Butler, executive director of the European regional director’s office, said making jabs compulsory ‘‘can, but does not always, increase uptake’’ and was worth considering in light of the surge of cases. The WHOsaid Europe was ‘‘once again the epicentre’’ of Covid-19, with 60 per cent of the world’s Covid-19 cases and deaths in the past week. Across the region, only 57 per cent of people are fully vaccinated.

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