The new Omicron variant could become dominant among Covid-19 infections in Europe by mid-January, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned on Wednesday, adding that there were now enough vaccines for all Europeans.
Given the current rapid progression of cases, "science tells us that we should expect Omicron to be the new dominant variant in Europe already by mid-January," Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that the Omicron variant is spreading "at a rate we've never seen with any other variant," calling for all anti-Covid tools to be used to prevent European health systems are quickly overwhelmed with the approach of the end of the year holidays.
“But over the past year we've worked hard and achieved a lot.
And that is why Europe is now in a better position to fight the virus ”, continued the President of the Commission on the eve of a summit of European leaders in Brussels.
66.6% of Europeans doubly vaccinated
“First of all, we have enough doses of vaccine for every European now,” stressed Ursula von der Leyen, recalling that 66.6% of the EU population had received two doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 and that for now, the third dose "is the best protection against the new variant".
"The most important thing now is to increase the number of people vaccinated in Europe as quickly as possible", because "the price that we will pay if people are not vaccinated will continue to increase" with in particular Christmas celebrations again darkened by the epidemic, schools and activities that are closing, insisted the president of the European executive.
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