Meanwhile, Denmark’s health chief predicts the end of the pandemic in two months and the UK’s PM will handle the Omicron surge with current measures.
In early December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that most of the COVID cases caused by the Omicron variant identified in this country were fully vaccinated. A third of them had received a booster dose.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that of the 43 cases attributed to Omicron variant, 34 people had been fully vaccinated. Fourteen of them had also received a booster, although five of those cases occurred less than 14 days after the additional shot before full protection kicks in.
While the numbers are very small, they add to growing concerns that current COVID-19 vaccines may offer less protection against the highly transmissible new variant.
Since then, 95% of the current cases being reported by the CDC are the result of the Omicron variant.
Doubly vaccinated and boosted notables such as The View host Whoopi Goldberg and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. On a personal note, I am now dealing with many clients reporting vaccinated, and boosted employees have been diagnosed with COVID.
However, as apparent in his recent statement, Joe Biden is bitterly clinging to the belief that this is still the ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated‘.
There’s no excuse, there’s no excuse for anyone being unvaccinated,’ he said before receiving an update from his COVID-19 team.
‘This continues to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated.’
BIDEN: "This continues to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated." pic.twitter.com/Oyefbh39wg
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 4, 2022
However, elsewhere in the world, public health officials are offering more reasonable assessments.
In Denmark, the health chief asserts that the Omicron variant is bringing about the end of the pandemic, saying “we will have our normal lives back in two months.”
Speaking to Danish TV 2, Tyra Grove Krause – the chief epidemiologist at Denmark’s State Serum Institute – said a new study from the organisation found that the risk of hospitalisation from Omicron is half that seen with the Delta variant.
This, she said, has given Danish authorities hope that the Covid-19 pandemic in Denmark could be over in two months.
‘I think we will have that in the next two months, and then I hope the infection will start to subside and we get our normal lives back,’ she said on Monday.
Despite early fears that Omicron could prolong the pandemic due to its increased level of infection, Ms Krause said it actually could spell the end of the pandemic.
According to the study: ‘Omicron is here to stay, and it will provide some massive spread of infection in the coming month. When it’s over, we’re in a better place than we were before.’
Additionally, World Health Organization officials reported that more studies are confirming the rapidly spreading Omicron variant causes mild symptoms.
More evidence is emerging that the Omicron coronavirus variant is affecting the upper respiratory tract, causing milder symptoms than previous variants and resulting in a “decoupling” in some places between soaring case numbers and low death rates, a World Health Organization official said on Tuesday.
“We are seeing more and more studies pointing out that Omicron is infecting the upper part of the body. Unlike other ones, the lungs who would be causing severe pneumonia,” WHO Incident Manager Abdi Mahamud told Geneva-based journalists.
As a result of this development, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not implement another lockdown and will handle the Omicron surge with measures currently in place.
Johnson has resisted imposing stringent lockdown measures in England, betting that a vaccine booster drive and caution among the population would be enough to constrain the latest wave.
…Johnson said he was sticking to the “Plan B” measures introduced in England last month, which included the wearing of face coverings on public transport and in shops but did not restrict gatherings or close businesses.
“Together with the Plan B measures that we introduced before Christmas, we have a chance to ride out this Omicron wave without shutting down our country once again. We can keep our schools and our businesses open, and we can find a way to live with this virus,” Johnson said.
At least Biden was half right in this statement.
“There’s a lot of reason to be hopeful in 2020.”
…It’s 2022. 🤦🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/7DOwSria88
— Suburban Black Man 🇺🇸 (@goodblackdude) January 4, 2022
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