Is the pandemic over in Europe? WHO talks about what would happen after omicron


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Hundreds of people wait to get vaccinated in Barcelona. The ómicron variant extends throughout Spain.

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Hundreds of people wait to get vaccinated in Barcelona. The ómicron variant extends through Spain.

Hans Kluge, regional director, said it is “plausible” that the end of the pandemic is near.

The omicron variant of the coronavirus, from which 60% of Europeans could be infected before March, gave way to a new phase of the covid-19 pandemic in the region and could hasten its end, the director of the WHO for
Europe.

“It is plausible that the region is approaching the end of the pandemic,” Hans Kluge, regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for
Europe, although called for caution, given the versatility of the virus.

“As soon as the omicron wave calms down, there will be global immunity for a few weeks and months, either thanks to the vaccine or because people will have been immunized by the infection, and also a drop due to seasonality,” he considered.

However, Europe is not in an “endemic era”, stressed the official. “Endemic means (…) that we can foresee what is going to happen, this virus has surprised more than once, so we have to be careful,” Kluge insisted.

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