Pfizer CEO: Corona will continue to spread for years, but without the need to impose restrictions

The World Health Organization estimates that the total number of deaths may be two to three times higher, taking into account the increased number of deaths as a result of the epidemic.

The emerging Corona virus “Covid-19” continues to spread in countries of the world, and while the outbreak of the mutated Omicron is accelerating at an unprecedented pace, the CEO of Pfizer predicted that the most likely scenario is that the coronavirus will continue to spread for several years.

And the “World Meter” website – which specializes in monitoring statistics on the outbreak of the epidemic in countries of the world – said that the number of injuries reached 329 million and 16 thousand and 666 injuries today, Monday at noon, until 13:00, while the number of deaths reached 5 million and 559 thousand and 46 deaths. .

The World Health Organization estimates that the total number of deaths may be two to three times higher, taking into account the increased number of deaths as a result of the epidemic.

A patient is treated in an intensive care unit in Brazil (Reuters)

increase and burden

Although some studies indicate that the Omicron mutant causes less death than the previous mutant, the increase in infections means that hospitals in some countries will not bear the number of patients, and companies may face difficulties in continuing to work with the increase in the number of workers placed under quarantine.

Regarding the outbreak of the epidemic, Pfizer CEO Albert Borla said that the most likely scenario is that the Corona virus will continue to spread for several years, but he expressed his hope that the current wave of the epidemic should be the last that requires the imposition of restrictions.

In an interview with the French news channel BFM, Borla suggested that life would soon return to normal, stressing that vaccines are one of the solutions, and that the Covid vaccine is “safe and effective” for children.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla addresses a press conference after a visit at Pfizer vaccine plant in PuursBurla expects life to return to normal soon (Reuters)

Actions and goals

In Europe, Greece, starting today, Monday, began imposing fines on unvaccinated citizens over the age of 60 against the emerging Corona virus.

Older people who do not receive the vaccination will face a fine of 50 euros ($56) in January, followed by a monthly fine of 100 euros ($139) thereafter.

Nearly two-thirds of Greece’s population of 10.7 million is completely immune to the coronavirus but this coverage is still below the EU-recommended average of more than 70%.

In Germany, more than half a million people received a dose of an anti-Corona vaccine on Saturday and Sunday, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute for Disease Control today, Monday.

According to the data, the proportion of those vaccinated with two doses in the country increased to 72.7% of the total population (equivalent to 60.5 million people).

The institute stated that the proportion of those who received a booster dose against corona has so far reached 47.1% of the total population (equivalent to 39.2 million people).

The German government is seeking to reach 80% by the end of this month, after it had set January 7 as the date to reach this goal.

Italy begins vaccinations against coronavirus disease (COVID-19)A vaccination campaign in Italy (Reuters)

Injuries and height

This comes while, last week, Italy recorded 110,363 infections and 674 deaths with Covid-19, exceeding the previous week, according to data issued by the Italian government.

The total number of injuries increased to more than 2.5 million, which is an increase of about two million more than it was a year ago and 0.6 million compared to a week ago, according to what was reported by Bloomberg News Agency.

According to Italian government data, 90% of Italians have received at least a first dose of an anti-Corona vaccine.

Additional restrictions

Meanwhile, the governors of Tokyo and neighboring prefectures agreed Monday to request additional measures from the central government, including reducing working hours for bars and restaurants, in combating a surge in COVID-19 infections.

The highly contagious Omicron strain is causing the spread of Corona virus infections, which are hovering near record levels, after the number of new infections exceeded 25,000 nationwide in the past two days.

It is estimated that the hospital bed occupancy rate for “Covid-19” patients reached 20% on Monday, a high level that justifies the request for additional steps, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told an online meeting of governors.

In the Arab world, the Ministry of Health in Qatar announced yesterday the death of a 3-week-old baby as a result of a “severe infection with Covid-19”.

It is noteworthy that deaths due to the Corona virus are very limited among children, but health authorities in many countries have recorded more cases of infection among them since the emergence of the mutated Omicron.

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