May 22, 2022

Europe is experiencing a respite comparable to a “ceasefire”, says the WHO

“The pandemic is not over but we are in the unique situation of being able to take control and we should not waste this opportunity”, pleaded Thursday Hans Kluge, regional director of the WHO.

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The coronavirus pandemic “is not over” but Europe is experiencing a respite comparable to a “ceasefire”, estimated the World Health Organization (WHO), Thursday, February 3. “The pandemic is not over but we are in the unique position of being able to take control and we should not waste this opportunity”, pleaded Hans Kluge, regional director of the WHO, during an online press conference.

The 53 countries in the region have been experiencing an explosion in the number of contaminations linked to the appearance of the Omicron variant for several weeks. However, the health situation is considered less alarming because, even if it is very contagious, this variant leads to less severe forms of the disease.

New variants “will inevitably appear” most “it is possible to answer it” without reusing “the kind of disruptive measures we needed before”, estimated Hans Kluge. However, he warned that the truce would only last if vaccination campaigns and monitoring of new variants were continued, while several European countries were considerably easing their health restrictions.