As the Bloomberg agency comments, such a concept is gradually gaining popularity in Europe, which means that Governments’ strategies for a pandemic are subject to change. UK education secretary Nadhim Zahawi told the BBC on Sunday that the UK was “on its way to transition from a pandemic to an endemic”.
The spread of the Omicron variant has led to record infection rates. However, related to him lower hospitalization and mortality rates prompted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to propose a policy change on COVID-19.
“We need to consider shifting COVID-19 from a pandemic to an endemic disease,” Sanchez said in a Monday radio interview.
However, as the Bloomberg agency notes, for other countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Romania, it may be a little early for such a policy change. The World Health Organization announced on Tuesday that more than half of people in Europe could be infected with the Omikron variant in the next two months, which could mean increasing pressure on health systems.
For now, France and Germany have continued to tighten restrictions, especially on unvaccinated people. French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to make life as difficult as possible for the unvaccinated and is committed to ensuring that access to bars, restaurants and even train travel is only possible with a vaccine passport. However, Bloomberg said the decline in hospitalizations could prompt governments to review their strategy. Already now, policymakers in the largest EU countries are striving to keep schools open and economies to function as normal as possible.