WHO Official Says COVID ‘Emergency Phase’ May End This Year In Europe


COVID-19 is likely moving into a “kind of pandemic endgame” in Europe, the regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.



While countries such as Austria, Italy and Germany move towards mandatory vaccinations, Dr Hans Kluge, the European regional director for the WHO has said that the “emergency phase” of the virus may be coming to a close.


“It’s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame,” the Belgian doctor told the Agence France-Presse, predicting that the omicron variant of the virus could infect up to 60% of Europeans by March.



Regarding the variant reaching its peak, Dr Kluge said that “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”.


“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,” Dr Kluge added.


“The pandemic is far from over, but I am hopeful we can end the emergency phase in 2022 and address other health threats that urgently require our attention,” he said in a statement on Monday.

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