He said: “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 req
He said: “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.”
However, he warned despite the fact that Omicron is less dangerous, Delta challenges still lay ahead.
Research has found Omicron is more transmissible than Delt, meaning infection rates are higher across the continent compared to previous waves.
This in turn was still leading to increasing levels of hospitalisations.
Although admissions to intensive care units were down.
According to Kluge, Omicron accounts for 31.8 percent of cases in Europe compared to 15 percent the week before.
Kluge went on to argue that health services were still being disrupted and vaccine disparity was a huge issue across the continent.
He said: “Too many people who need the vaccine remain unvaccinated.
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However, other health experts have taken a more cautious approach, emphasising the need to continue to suppress cases in order to prevent a new possibly more dangerous variant.