The covid-19 it will become in a endemic disease toward end of this year, according to German virologist Christian Drosten, who indicated that vaccinate to all the population every few monthss is not a viable strategy a long term.
“We hope to reach an endemic situation. By the end of the year, we will either have reached it or we will be practically there,” Drosten said during a press conference in Berlin with Health Minister Karl Lauterbach and the president of the Robert Koch Institute for Virology (RKI), Lothar Wieler.
The virologist Charity Hospital stressed on the importance from immunize quickly al Higher percentage possible of the population and raised a hypothetical future in which the citizens from older age get one booster dose against covid every fall similar a la annual flu shot.
“This is not about vaccinating the entire population every few months,” Drosten pointed out, as this is something that “doesn’t work”.
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On the contrary, he stated, there will come a time in which it will be necessary let it be your own virus the fact that “upgrade” immunity from population, a process that in other countries is “more advanced”.
“The question is whether we can do this already in Germany,” said Drosten, hinting that it is still too early to take that risk.
According to President of the RKI, Lothar Wieler, the arrival of a fifth hello linked to omicron variant supposes the beginning of one “new stage” from pandemic, in which the hospitalization rates will be badit’s relevant that he total number of cases.
According to Wieler, the omicron variant yes predominates in Germany and represents the 70 % of the total cases, while at the moment one in every hundred people in the country is infected with the virus.
For his part, the Health Minister Karl Lauterbach evaluated the situation positively and stated that, if possible to speed up the vaccination campaign from booster dose, the wave will be under control, although it stressed the need to better monitor compliance with the restrictions.
the minister was expressed one more time in favor from compulsory vaccinationfrom the 18 years, since according to what he said, the omicron variant “It will not be the last, that can be ruled out” and could be replaced by a more aggressive mutation.
“If there is no mandatory vaccine, in the fall we will be in a worrying situation, we will have a large number of people from risk groups who will not be vaccinated,” he said, stressing that he wants to avoid the situation where a new lockdown needs to be discussed. EFE