WHO experts have warned that booster shots alone will not be enough to combat the spread of Covid-19. The WHO Technical Advisory Group on Covid-19 Vaccine Composition said that current vaccine strategies were not sustainable, adding that new vaccines would be required as the coronavirus continues to mutate.

It comes as the WHO predicted that over half of Europe could become infected with the Omicron variant within the next two months. However, the European Medicine Agency says that Omicron’s lower hospitalization rates could signal the beginning of the end of the pandemic as Covid-19 becomes endemic.

More than 50 per cent of the European population are expected to be infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the next six to eight weeks, said Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for Europe on January 11, 2022.

The WHO’s European region comprises 53 countries and territories, including several in Central Asia. Speaking in an online news conference, Kluge stressed that “approved vaccines do continue to provide good protection against severe disease and death, including for Omicron”.

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Published on: 12 January 2022.

WHO warns boosters will not be enough to combat Covid-19, predicts 50% of Europe infected with Omicron in 6-8 weeks