THE rapid spread of the Omicron variant concerns the global scientific community but also the leaders of the countries. THE World Health Organisation in view of holidays, makes a recommendation to limit color combinations. The European Council characterized vital and urgent vaccinations and booster doses, ending in triptych: vaccination, coordination and global cooperation.
THE Omicron mutation is 70 times more contagious in relation to the prevailing Delta mutation, as shown by his research University of Hong Kong.
THE British Government called on citizens to limit their social contacts, with the Queen first setting a good example, canceling the meal she organizes each year for the whole family before Christmas. With cases breaking every record, London is rapidly promoting vaccinations, as is the European Union.
During the EU Summit in Brussels, the leaders pointed out worsening of health status, the need to expand vaccination, for more booster doses, but also for Coordinated effort in the battle against the pandemic.
The European family is in a state of red alert for the pandemic virus and the footprint that has begun to leave the new Omicron strain of Covid-19.
Concerns that the blow from Omicron may be severe are widespread and are exacerbated by the fact that the ECDC addressed loudly warning for difficult winter, with a possible increase in morbidity and death, pointing out that the mutation is likely to dominate the European area in early 2022. All this, in fact, a few days before the official start of the festive season of Christmas and New Year across Europe, which will bring of the thickening of social gatherings and cohabitations.
The question that remains to be answered is whether the European capitals will move on take new emergency measures for the Omicron mutation, by Prime Minister, in his speech to emphasize that Europe must not be complacent about mutation.
THE Kyriakos Mitsotakis called for stricter references to the mutation in the Summit conclusions and the conduct of tests during the holidays, while proposing the European vaccination certificate to be valid for 6 + 1 months.
“If we need to take other measures regarding additional tests, I believe that they should be implemented during the Christmas period so that we can save extra time for as many people as possible to take the booster dose,” said the Greek Prime Minister.
European leaders are trying to save the free movement of people in the middle of the festive season, but the rapid spread of Omicron brings new restrictions. From Saturday, will be allowed entry into France from Britain only to those who have a serious reason.
Travel measures receives the Italy, the Portugal and the Denmark, while the alarm bell rings American CDC for a dramatic increase in cases.
“The booster vaccines we give work against Omicron. At the moment, there is no need for a special booster, “said the chief US infectious disease specialist. Anthony Fauci.
“1.1 million Americans have been rescued. That’s the power of vaccines, “said Covid, the White House coordinator. Jeff Zinz.
According to scientists, however, the Ομικρον is expected to have been dominant in Europe until mid-January.
Mission to Brussels: Dimitris Gatsios
Edited by: Klio Nikolaou