L’EMA also expressed doubts about a fourth dose of the vaccine, saying injecting repeated doses was not a “sustainable” strategy.
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“No one knows exactly when we’ll be at the end of the tunnel, but we’ll get there”, said Tuesday January 11 Marco Cavaleri, head of the vaccine strategy of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). According to this organization, although the disease is still in the pandemic phase, the spread of the Omicron variant will turn Covid-19 into an endemic disease, with which humanity can learn to live. Regarding the administration of a fourth vaccine to the population, the EMA expressed doubts, saying that the injection of repeated doses was not a strategy “sustainable”. An opinion shared by the WHO a little earlier on Tuesday.
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“With the increase in immunity in the population – and with Omicron there will be a lot of natural immunity in addition to vaccination – we will move quickly towards a scenario that will be closer to endemicity”, added Marco Cavaleri at a press conference. But, he stressed, “we must not forget that we are still in a pandemic”.
The European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) has also noted that it is currently impossible to qualify the virus as endemic, such as influenza. “We still have a virus that evolves quite quickly and poses new challenges. So we are certainly not at the point where we can call it endemic.”, affirmed the person in charge of emergency situations at WHO Europe, Catherine Smallwood. More than half of Europeans could be affected by the Omicron variant within two months given the “tsunami” current, according to WHO Europe.