Linou: “Coronavirus vaccination will take two to three years”
The professor of epidemiology appeared disappointed with the course of vaccinations in the country. What he stressed about the opening of schools.
Epidemiology professor Athena Linou spoke about the coronavirus vaccinations, expressing her concern that there is not a sufficient amount of vaccines. Speaking to Real FM, Ms. Linou said that although she wants to be vaccinated, she is saddened by the development of vaccinations.
At the same time, he estimated that with the number that follows, the vaccinations will take two to three years to be completed.
As the professor pointed out, “the European Union was waiting for more vaccines and is left with only two companies able to supply them. I hope we are positively surprised and that 1-2 vaccines are approved soon “. He also suggested that the closed KAPI, for which rents are paid anyway by the municipalities, could be used for school halls in order to reduce congestion. “The same could be done with church premises,” she underlined.
Earlier, Ms. Linou also spoke to Alpha 98.9 and commented on the Prime Minister’s statements about the course of vaccinations. “Even with 8,000 vaccinations a day, we will not achieve herd immunity in 2021. Unless there is a rapid increase in the number of vaccinations per day, we will not have herd immunity in 2021 either,” he clarified.
He also stressed that there must be new strong measures beyond the extension of the lockdown in order to avoid the total closure of the economy and the huge consequences that this has. Among other things, Ms. Linou suggested:
- What has not been studied is the elimination of the problem in public transport. “There are solutions,” he said of the crowd.
- Intensify efforts in the industry by activating occupational physicians and safety technicians, as employees must be present
- 90% increase in working distance
- Many tests, so that where there is a case to be isolated
Finally, when asked about the opening of schools today, he replied:
“I think the decision is parallel to a decision on many measures from what I heard about schools. That is, there will be rotating, not all children will come at the same time so there will be no out-of-school crowd among the children when they come, there will be no large crowds. There will be many tests and free tests for all teachers. There will be a new platform from what I understood. There will be many tests for older children as well as in schools.
At the same time, ventilation will be greatly encouraged and we hope that there will be no rooms that will not have natural ventilation. If all this is observed, the risk will be significantly reduced. The risk will not be eliminated but will be reduced. The question is whether the State has the capacity to take care of all this and to operate in all schools in the country. And at the same time what I heard is that teachers, at least the older ones, will be vaccinated by the first ones. Now they have the problem of whether they can be implemented or not. “But if they can, it will be relatively safe for children to access schools.”
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