Traveller gets a coronavirus test (COVID-19), at an outside pre-departure facility. This is to determine how countries are reacting to the Omicron coronavirus variant. It was performed at Sydney Airport, Sydney, Australia on November 29, 2021.
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An approval could come from the European Union Covid-19According to Tuesday’s statement by the medical agency of the bloc, there will be no opposition to the new omicron-type within three to four month.
Pharma companies are examining whether Covid vaccines they have developed against this disease can be used in the future. omicronIt was first discovered in South Africa about a week ago. According to the European Medicines Agency, Tuesday’s announcement stated that the agency will approve the shots if they need to be revised.
Emer Cooke was the executive director at the European Medicines Agency and stated Tuesday, in Brussels, that “we need to prepare for in case there is a need change the existing vaccines. That’s work that companies will do.”
She said, “We might be able to get those approved in three to four month.”
The EMA was previously criticized for taking longer to approve coronavirus vaccinations than other drug regulators.
Monday was reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control that there were 33 cases of omicronThe region.
Cooke stated that current shots will still protect and appealed for people to get immunized.
She stated that even if the variant is more common, vaccines will still provide protection.
Coronavirus vaccinations have been mixed in Europe. Some countries, such as Portugal or Ireland, are able to immunise at around 90%. Others have a lower rate.
EU officials are appealing to all citizens, despite the uncertainties posed by this new variant.
“Already facing a challenging winter, due to high transmissibility to the Delta variant, an extremely high immunity gap, and relaxation of non-pharmaceutical intervention and personal behaviors. Now, we could now experience additional or increased pressures because the Omicron variation has appeared,” Stella Kyriakides (European Commissioner for Health) wrote in a letter to European ministers, which was seen by CNBC.
Her statement continued: “I also write to encourage your fellow Health Ministers, to do all they can to increase the vaccine rate for all eligible populations. The greater the vaccine coverage, the better.
Several European countries were already suffering from a surge in infections during the past few weeks before the announcement of the new variant. Germany, Belgium Austria, the Czech Republic and Austria were among the nations who imposed social restrictions to limit the spread of the virus. These two countries aimed to limit the activities of those not vaccinated.
Greece is the latest to declare compulsory vaccination. According to Reuters, those over 60 who are not vaccinated by January 16 will be subject to a $100 per month fine.