March 30, 2023

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Covid has already become endemic and ‘pandemic over’, says respected German virologist – News

Christian Drosten, one of Germany’s leading virologists, said this Monday (26) that the Covid-19 virus has already spread, and with that, the pandemic has come to an end.

“This winter we are experiencing the first local wave of SARS-CoV-2, and in my opinion, the epidemic is over,” Charide, director of the Berlin hospital’s virology section, told Dagespiegel in an interview. Newspaper.

Once winter is over in Europe, the population’s immunity will be so widespread and resilient that the virus won’t have the ability to cause new waves in the summer unless it mutates again, Drosten predicts.

“But I didn’t expect that [mutação] It will happen now,” he said.

However, Drosten defended the restrictions introduced by the authorities to prevent the spread of the epidemic because, without reducing contacts in Germany, “1 million deaths or more” would have been recorded.

Asked about the situation in China, where the number of cases rose alarmingly after restrictions were lifted, the virologist pointed to the decisive end of vaccination campaigns in Germany and Europe.

“China’s big mistake is that people, especially the elderly, are not informed about the vaccine,” he opined.

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