Covid-19: what if the outbreak of cases in China spared Europe

Will Europe suffer the consequences of the wave of Covid-19 in China and the end of its strict health policy? Not so sure, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO regional director Hans Kluge says spike in cases in China not expected to have impact “significant on the epidemiological situation of Covid-19 in the European region”he said on Tuesday.

If several scientists are expressing their concerns that a new variant is emerging due to strong circulation of the virus, the strains currently circulating in Asia are already present on the Old Continent, assures the WHO. Especially since the European population remains generally protected. “At the beginning of 2023, the region […] is in a very good position”underlines Catherine Smallwood, head of emergency situations at WHO Europe. “We have strong population protection, thanks in part to the waves of natural infection that have occurred, but mostly thanks to excellent general adherence to vaccination.”