WHO predicts end of pandemic in Europe — Analysis

Speaking to AFP on Sunday, Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Europe director, claimed that there might be an end to the pandemic in sight, despite record levels of Covid-19 cases across the continent.

“It’s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame,”He stated that Covid-19’s Omicron strain, which is slightly milder than other strains, may infect up to 60% of Europeans before March.

This is the current Omicron wave “there will be for quite some weeks and months a global immunity, either thanks to the vaccine or because people have immunity due to the infection, and also lowering seasonality,” Kluge explained. 

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“We anticipate that there will be a period of quiet before Covid-19 may come back towards the end of the year, but not necessarily the pandemic coming back,”According to the expert in virus prevention,

Kluge called for caution, and he reiterated his belief that Covid-19 is difficult to predict. According to the WHO chief, stabilizing the pandemic must be the top priority. “minimizing disruption.”

He pointed out that the levels of vaccination in Europe vary from 25 to 95% for different countries. This accounts for differences in hospitalizations as well as death.

“Stabilizing means that the health system is no longer overwhelmed due to Covid-19 and can continue with the essential health services, which have unfortunately been really disrupted for cancer, cardiovascular disease, and routine immunization,”He concluded.

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