UK could be among the first countries to emerge from Covid pandemic, top scientist says

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  • According to a leading scientist, the UK could be one of the first countries to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The UK was criticized by many for its unwillingness to introduce more COVID regulations in front of the Omicron edition.
  • Professor David Heyman from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said that “the UK is closest to any country in being out of a pandemic if it is not already out of a pandemic and the disease is endemic.”

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LONDON – The Omicron edition has been criticized by many for its reluctance to impose more COVID-19 restrictions, but the UK could be one of the first countries to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a leading scientist.

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Professor David Heyman, chief public health officer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, spoke of the latest wave of cases caused by various reactions to COVID, and in particular the viral Omicron variant, saying that “the UK is the closest to any country”. It is out of epidemic if it is not already out of epidemic and the disease is endemic.”

“Countries are now seeing a build-up of population immunity … and that seems to be keeping the virus at bay, not causing serious illness or death in countries where population immunity is high.”

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Heyman, speaking at an online symposium organized by think tank Chatham House on Monday, cited the latest data from the UK Statistics Authority on Immunity, which estimated that 95% of the population in England has antibodies against the infection, either Through vaccination or natural infection. Heyman said most people in intensive care units were now without vaccinations.

The UK government was criticized last month for refusing to impose more restrictions on social mixing before Christmas as the Omicron variant, first discovered in South Africa in late November, spread rapidly. Britain was one of the first countries to be hit by the highly contagious strain.

Omicron was labeled “of concern” by the World Health Organization, given the high number of stresses and fears it could undermine COVID vaccines.

We now know that Omicron is far more contagious than previous types of virus, including the delta variant, but an increasing number of studies and real-world data suggest that it is causing less severe disease, although It may also be due to widespread vaccination. Campaign.

The COVID vaccination provides a high level of protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death, and vaccine manufacturers say that early studies have shown that booster shots substantially restore protection against the omicron variant.

The UK government has had to hold its nerve in recent weeks for not imposing new restrictions on the public, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson telling the British public that they will have to “learn to live with the virus” last year.

Despite fellow European countries introducing very strict rules on socializing and travel in the past month (and the introduction of some partial or complete lockdowns), the government has maintained this stance.

There are glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel, however, with increasing indications that the omicron wave peak of the transition is proving to be smaller and sharper than those seen with previous forms. The daily number of cases the UK is reporting continues to decline (though they remain high; on Tuesday, more than 120,000 cases were reported).

Hospitals in the UK and around Europe are operating at very high levels of capacity, although hospitalizations remain at a lower level than in previous waves of the pandemic when vaccine coverage was low.

Global health officials have warned that it is too early to say whether the pandemic has entered an “endemic” phase, where any future population will have persistent but low-to-moderate levels of COVID, but have high levels of virus infection. level or spreading from one country to another (which would make it a pandemic again).

UK Education Secretary Nadim Zahawi told the BBC on Sunday that the country was on the road “from pandemic to endemic” as the government said it could shorten the period of self-isolation for those who test positive for Covid. Do tests, which can be from seven days to five (five).As with the latest guidance in the USi) To reduce employee absenteeism at workplace and large scale economic disruption due to COVID.

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