EU ministers: pandemic threat not yet averted

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EU health ministers say the pandemic threat has not yet been averted. “It is too early to consider the pandemic like an endemic,” French Health Minister Olivier Veran said today after a meeting with his colleagues in Grenoble.

EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides also said the pandemic is not over. The pandemic has shown that there are “many twists and turns,” Kyriakides said.

“We look to the future with optimism, but at the same time, we remain realistic and must be prepared to face variants,” the EU commissioner said. She pointed to the continued high importance of vaccination. “As of today, 70 percent of the EU population is fully vaccinated, and more than 45 percent have received a booster,” Kyriakides said. These are “encouraging numbers, but we must continue to vaccinate,” he said.

At the meeting, the ministers responsible for health agreed to work more closely together to combat other diseases as well.

  • source: ORF.at/agencies/picture: pixabay.com
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