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EU will declare the end of the emergency phase of the COVID-19 epidemic

EU will declare the end of the emergency phase of the COVID-19 epidemic



 

EU will declare the end of the emergency phase of the COVID-19 epidemic

 

On April 26, 2022, news from Brussels that the European Union was ready to declare the end of the emergency phase of the COVID-19 epidemic.

 

The European Commission is ready to announce that it has moved out of the emergency phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and that testing and flu-like surveillance should be prioritized in the next phase.

 

EU will declare the end of the emergency phase of the COVID-19 epidemic

 

A draft EU document to be formally adopted on Wednesday said the new steps were taken as the number of infections and deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic has ebbed across the bloc.

 

At the same time, because the Omicron variant is less virulent, and more than 70% of Europeans have acquired immunity, more than half of Europeans have received a third dose of the vaccine.

Therefore, in the face of the status quo, the Brussels authorities prefer to “get out of emergency mode and manage the COVID-19 epidemic in a more sustainable way”.

 

Determining when an outbreak becomes a pandemic and when it ends is the responsibility of the World Health Organization, and its steps have far-reaching legal implications in areas including insurance and laboratories. The World Health Organization does not currently consider the COVID-19 pandemic to be over.

 

The non-binding EU document clearly warns that the 2019 novel coronavirus will continue to exist and that the possibility of a new pandemic outbreak exists, recommending member governments to reintroduce emergency defense measures if necessary.

 

The European Commission document points out that new approaches are needed to monitor the epidemic, recommending routine and systematic screening of symptomatic people and associated contacts, although several EU member states have abandoned this test.

 

The document emphasizes that vaccines are critical to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and recommends that member states consider strategies to boost childhood immunization, vaccinating children before the start of the next school year.

 

 

 

 

EU will declare the end of the emergency phase of the COVID-19 epidemic

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