With Omicron, an end to the pandemic is “plausible”

With Omicron, an end to the pandemic is “plausible”< /p> UPDATE DAY

The Omicron variant, which could infect 60% of Europeans by March, has started a new phase of the Covid-19 pandemic in the region and could bring it closer to its end, estimated Sunday WHO Europe director

“It is plausible that the region is approaching an end to the pandemic,” Hans Kluge told AFP, urging caution, however. due to the versatility of the virus.

“Once the Omicron wave subsides, there will be for a few weeks and a few months overall immunity, either because of the vaccine or because people will be immune because of the infection and also a drop because of seasonality. “, he estimated.

However, we are not in “an endemic era”, underlined the UN official. 

“Endemic means (.. .) that we can predict what will happen, this virus has surprised more than once. So we have to be very careful,” Kluge insisted.

In the region, which has 53 countries, some of which are located in Central Asia, Omicron accounted for 15% of new Covid cases as of January 18, more than half than the previous week, according to WHO data.

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In the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA), this variant appeared at the end of November, more contagious than the Delta, is now dominant according to the European health agency.

With the explosion of contamination, it is now a question of “minimizing disruption and protecting vulnerable people” and no longer focusing only on reducing transmission.

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