End of pandemic? Expert predicts surge in Omicron cases may bring a return of normality

Omicron: MP on ‘alarming’ evidence from Denmark on children

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Tyra Grove Krause, chief epidemiologist at Denmark’s State Serum Institute, hopes the current surge of the newest variant may peak later this month. Citing a study, she said it has shown the risk of people being hospitalized from Omicron is half compared to the Delta variant.

This gives authorities in Denmark hope the pandemic could be over in a couple of months as immunity rises, she said.

Ms Krause, answering a question on how long Omicron will have an influence on life in Denmark, told TV2 said: “I think we will have that in the next two months, and then I hope the infection will start to subside and we get our normal lives back.”

In a 2022 New Year message, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu struck a hopeful note as the coronavirus crisis goes into its third year.

He said he was “confident” this will be the year the pandemic ends, but warned against “narrow nationalism and vaccine hoarding”.

Dr Tedros said that vaccine inequality had “created the ideal conditions for the emergence of the Omicron variant”.

He said: “And the longer inequity continues, the higher the risks of this virus evolving in ways we can’t prevent or predict.”

Dr Tedros said tackling inequality will be the key to ending the global nightmare and bringing life back to normal.

In a statement, he said: “If we end inequity, we end the pandemic.

“Through the ACT-Accelerator, which includes COVAX, WHO and our partners are helping to make vaccines, tests and treatments accessible to people who need them, all over the world.

“As we enter the third year of this pandemic, I’m confident that this will be the year we end it – but only if we do it together.”

He said millions of lives have been saved by vaccines, adding that medics now have new drugs to prevent and treat COVID-19.

Currently, WHO is coordinating with a large number of researchers around the world to better understand Omicron.

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Several studies currently underway or underway shortly include assessments of transmissibility, the severity of infection (including symptoms), performance of vaccines and diagnostic tests, and effectiveness of treatments.

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