Omicron could mean an end to the pandemic in Europe, WHO Europe director says

Hans Kluge,  WHO Europe regional head

© APA | Hans Kluge, WHO Europe regional head

# 24 January 2022 10:43 (UTC +04:00)

The Omicron variant has moved the Covid-19 pandemic into a new phase and could bring it to an end in Europe, the WHO Europe director has said, APA reports citing AFP.

“It’s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame,” Hans Kluge told AFP, adding that Omicron could infect 60% of Europeans by March.

Once the current surge of Omicron sweeping across Europe subsides, “there will be for quite some weeks and months a global immunity, either thanks to the vaccine or because people have immunity due to the infection, and also lowering seasonality”.

“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.

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