WHO: Europe is the epicenter of pandemic despite vaccines

  • FILE - Students wear mouth-to-nose coverings while sitting close to each other during the lecture ‘BWL 1’ in lecture hall H1 of the Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet in Muenster, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2021. Germany’s disease control agency has reported the highest number of new infections with the coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic. (Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa via AP)

GENEVA — Top officials at the World Health Organization said Thursday that Europe has seen a more than 50% jump in coronavirus cases in the last month, making it the epicenter of the pandemic despite an ample supply of vaccines.