EU member states should start preparing now for a new surge of the Covid- 19 pandemic in autumn and winter, the bloc‘s health chief said on Monday, saying there had been a “ worrying increase ” in outbreaks.
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides also advised there was no room for complacency, saying the pandemic wasn’t over. “ Unfortunately the pandemic has shown a worrying increase in several countries, ” she told Cyprus state radio.
“ For the past two months we’ve been preparing for the autumn and winter, completely aware the next pandemic wave can not and shouldn’t further burden our economies or our societies, particularly at a time when its being affected by the war and invasion of Ukraine, and inflation, ” she said.
Kyriakides, who’s from Cyprus, told the broadcaster the Commission had asked member states to accelerate booster shots now for people over 60 and vulnerable groups.
“ These months should be preparatory months. So our health systems be ready for possible new waves which might, for instance, be combined with seasonal flu, ” she said.