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Omicron could usher in ‘stabilization, normalization' of pandemic: WHO official

Added 01-24-22 04:18:02pm EST - “The Omicron variant could see the COVID-19 pandemic enter a new phase of normalcy, said a top World Health Organization official.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Omicron could usher in ‘stabilization, normalization’ of pandemic: WHO official”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Omicron variant could see the COVID-19 pandemic enter a new phase of “stabilization and normalization,” a top World Health Organization official said Monday.

Dr. Hans Kluge, head of WHO’s European region, said in a statement that, while countries should not yet let their guards down, Omicron offered plausible hope for a return to normalcy with continued vaccination and natural immunity.

He pointed to how the latest variant appeared to “cause much less severe disease” than Delta — even though Omicron is highly transmissible and has been driving up case counts globally.

“The pandemic is far from over, but I am hopeful we can end the emergency phase in 2022 and address other health threats that urgently require our attention,” he wrote.

Despite offering a glimmer of hope the pandemic could be nearing the end, Kluge lamented “huge disparities” in access to vaccines, arguing that countries with lower vaccination rates could allow the virus to adapt — and possibly lead to new variants.

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