|Europe Prepares for New Wave of Covid-19|
"The data show that over the last few weeks there has been a decline in the overall number of cases and deaths caused by Covid-19 in Europe," Marco Cavaleri, head of EMA's Division of Health Threats and Vaccine Strategy, told a news conference. 22/9). "However, as autumn approaches, we need to prepare for a new wave of infections," he added. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed that the pandemic is not over, despite the decline in Covid-19 cases in Europe.
The agency also reminded all countries to prepare for a new wave. Cavaleri also stressed the importance of being aware of new variants of the corona virus. "The Omicron BA.5 variant is still the dominant variant in Europe," said Cavaleri. Cavaleri said the same scenario occurred in the last two years, with a new wave appearing in the fall. The trend is predicted to repeat itself this year. "We still have to be aware of other variants. For example, BA.4.6 is spreading rapidly in the United States and has been detected in Europe.
In addition, the BA.2.75 variant is a variant of concern," he continued. The EMA Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommends authorizing adapted vaccines targeting Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants in addition to the original Covid-19 strain.
Meanwhile, EMA Health Director Steffen Thirstrup also reminded that the pandemic is still ongoing in Europe. "The thing that is certain for me and the thing that should be very clear from Dr. Cavaleri's presentation is that the pandemic is considered to be still ongoing in Europe," said Steffen.