Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have warned about the possibility of a future “mass vaccination”. This warning caused concern in the tourism industry, especially about popular resorts on warm seas. The reason for this concern was the possibility of the spread of “mosquito-borne diseases”, which, as it turns out, can be transferred to new regions due to climate change. This raises the risk of a new pandemic.
A WHO spokesperson noted: “Combating mosquito-borne diseases may require widespread vaccination, as infected insects may migrate to new countries due to climate change.” This is especially true of diseases such as dengue fever, chikungunya, and the Zika virus, which are transmitted by Aedes albopictus mosquitoes originating in Southeast Asia.
The UN also warns that climate change “endangers” European countries, which could face “record numbers of infections” carried by insects. Diseases characteristic of the tropics have begun to spread in the Mediterranean, and mosquito control has already been announced in some regions of Spain.
Director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Andrea Ammon, said: “If this trend continues, there will be an increase in infections and possibly deaths from diseases such as dengue fever or West Nile fever.” Thus, the threat of “mass vaccination” again affects the tourism sector.