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Covid-19 to seasonal disease transition still only theoretical, - WHO

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Organization has no evidence that Covid-19 can become seasonal
15:05, 25 November 2021

WHO Representative Jarno Habicht
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has no evidence that Covid-19 will become a seasonal disease. Today, this process is just a theory, head of the WHO Office in Ukraine Dr. Jarno Habicht said in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

"It's one of the theories that Covid could be seasonal, but we don't have evidence right now. At the moment, we are also seeing seasonal flu in Ukraine and Europe. Therefore, the WHO considers it important to get vaccinated against seasonal flu and Covid, and that it can be done at the same time," Habicht said.

According to him, it is now necessary for people to receive the first dose of coronavirus vaccine.

"Currently, 31% of the population in Ukraine has received at least one vaccination. But there are big differences by regions," Habicht said.

He explained that, on one hand, only 11% of the population in Luhansk region received a single dose; on the other, there are 53% of the total population who received it in the city of Kyiv.

"There is a huge inequality. So before we start talking about the seasonality of Covid, we need to make sure that everyone is safe, and one way to do that is to get vaccinated," said the WHO spokesperson.

As it was reported earlier, new Covid-19 cases are expected to rise in January 2022 unless a lockdown is introduced, which this year helped delay the coronavirus wave until mid-February.

Head of the Center for Health Economics of the Kyiv School of Economics Yuri Hanychenko stated that it is too early to say that the peak incidence of the autumn Covid-19 wave has passed in Ukraine.

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