The European Institute for Infectious Diseases warned on Wednesday that a “strong move” to counter the rapid progression of the Omigran variant was “urgent” because “the vaccine alone is not enough”.
“Under the current circumstances, the vaccine alone will not allow to prevent the impact of the Omigran variant because there is no time to fill the existing vaccine gaps,” said the director of the European Centers for Disease Control and Control (ECDC). , Andrea Ammon, video address.
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The EU Health Agency has raised its assessment of the risks of the new variant to public health “too high”, suggesting a return to telecommunications and a series of more cautious measures at the end of the year. Celebrations and trips.
In his opinion, the new variant is “more likely” to cause hospitalizations and deaths than previously predicted by previous predictions centering on the delta variant that has so far dominated.
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To “manage” the burden on the health system, the ECDC again called for a “rapid reintroduction and strengthening” of so-called “non-drug” measures against Govt, which generally included restrictions.
Norway’s 27-nation EU agency said: “There is an urgent need for strong action to reduce the spread, ease the burden on health systems and protect the most vulnerable in the coming months.
According to European Health Commissioner Stella Kriakits, the report “will be tough in the coming months.”
“Omicron is likely to come in a big wave, which will put more pressure on health systems,” he told AFP.
Although 66% of the population in the EU is already fully vaccinated, he explains, “We can do even better. Third doses should be our breakwater.”
“We need more respect for public health measures in conjunction with the rapid increase in the booster vaccine to combat omega-3s,” Ms Craigs pleaded, adding that “some countries are” very concerned “about the delay in releasing the vaccine. .
The World Health Organization (WHO) had already warned on Tuesday that the Omigran variant was “spreading at a rate we have not seen in any other way”, calling for the use of all anti-Govt tools to quickly block health systems. Overflowing as the holiday season approaches.
For ECDC, the use of masks, telecommunications, avoiding congestion in places and public transportation, staying home while you are sick, maintaining ventilation and high hygiene are “priorities”.
For possible or confirmed cases of Omicron, tracking should be a priority, and testing should be “an important tool” during vaccination, as is isolation of COVID-19 positive cases.