Medical service provider, MedLife reports that Romania is not prepared for a 4th wave, and that it's only a matter of time before it hits Romania.
Romania currently has a 30% vaccination rate, which is less than half of the average for other EU countries and that the “Delta” strain presents very high risks, due to the the lack of vaccination levels, compared to other countries, where the wave has already started to hit.
“It is only a matter of time before Romania goes through the fourth wave of the pandemic, this time caused by the Delta strain, which is proving to be much more contagious. The risks are very high due to the very small number of people vaccinated The question is not whether we will have a new wave, but only when, as we have estimated since April, when we were at the forefront of vaccinations at European level. vaccinated inhabitants, which is less than half the European average, given that most European countries are close to the target of vaccinating 70% of the population.And if we look at the top, we see that Iceland, Belgium, the Netherlands have over 80% of the population immunized by the vaccine “, said Mihai Marcu, President and CEO of MedLife Group as quoted by Bursa.
However, there is around a 60% collective immunisation acquired either after exposure to COVID-19 infection or after vaccination. But although a large number of Romanians had COVID and either didn't report or didn't know, this may not help them in the case of a new wave, the study shows.
Last week, MedLife experts announced that the actual number of infections in urban areas is much higher than official reports. Thus, half of the population of the small urban area and one third of the population of the large urban area went through the disease, nine times more, respectively three times more than the official statistics. The analysis confirms that most went through the disease without knowing it.
At the same time, the MedLife study shows that the level of neutralising antibodies resulting from natural immunisation, is not as high as for those who went through the disease and were vaccinated. According to MedLife doctors, among people with a history of COVID, but who have not been vaccinated, only 6% of the inhabitants of large cities and 2% of the inhabitants of small cities have a neutralising antibody count (> = 3950 AU / mL). Instead, those who went through the disease and were vaccinated developed that count of over 80% neutralising antibodies.