People wait to be immunized against Covid-19 at Berlin vaccination center, DJ event and party atmosphere to attract youngsters, Aug 9 | Photo: EFE / EPA / Sean Gallup / POOL

The World Health Organization (WHO) does not approve compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 in any country, although it defends the importance of vaccination, a spokeswoman for the agency said on Friday, in response to the fact that several countries are considering imposing this standard.

“In general, the WHO opposes any compulsory vaccination,” summed up the organization’s spokesperson, Fadela Chaib, at a press conference. However, “there is a need to explain to the general population how vaccines work and how important they are,” said Fadela, noting that these vaccines are just “one of the many tools we have in our way. hands “to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

WHO experts have repeated throughout this year that vaccines are not enough to fight the coronavirus and must be combined with health measures that were already widespread last year to contain infections. These include using a mask, frequent hand washing, ventilating homes, physical distancing, or avoiding crowded places. The use of coercive measures to increase the number of people vaccinated has been considered in places such as Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, although it has also been contested by sectors of the population in these. country.

To date, approximately 4.4 billion doses of covid-19 vaccine have been administered worldwide. In countries like Spain, France, Canada, United Kingdom and Germany, the percentage of people who received the full dose is around 60% (compared to 50% in the United States), while in many low-income countries it is only 1%. %.