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Covid-19: Europe could be headed for pandemic “endgame,” says WHO region chief

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o205 (Published 25 January 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o205
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

The rapid spread of the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 could see an end to the pandemic in Europe, with the variant likely to have infected 60% of people on the continent by March, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe has said.

“It’s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame,” Hans Kluge told Agence France-Presse on 23 January. Once the current wave subsides, he said, “there will be for some weeks and months a global immunity, either thanks to the vaccine or because people have immunity because of the infection, and also lowering seasonal risk.”

“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,” Kluge said.

But Kluge said it is still too early to consider covid-19 …

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