Delta virus mutation prompts Greek government response

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The chairperson of the Greek National Vaccination Committee, Mrs Maria Theodoridou has urged all Greek citizens to immediately get vaccinated following the emergence of the highly contagious Delta mutation of the Covid-19 virus.

Theodoridou made the plea on Monday during the country’s regular coronavirus pandemic briefings, warning that the Delta strain will soon be the dominant variant, with 90% more transmissability and one that will affect children too.

Theodoridou reminded the public that both doses of either Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines provide 96% and 92% protection from the Delta strain, respectively with effective protection from the strain of up to 30% on the first dose alone.

Citing a recent US medical study, Theodoridou underlined that 96% of Covid-19 related deaths concerned non-vaccinated people.

It should be noted that as of Monday, 28 June, Greece surpassed 8.1 million vaccinations, added Health Secretary General Marios Themistocleous during the briefing, noting that 45% of people in Greece have received one dose of a vaccine, while 35% have completed their inoculation with both doses, he added.