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Trajan Shipley
2nd December 2021
Consumer, Health & Environment Covid-19

President von der Leyen’s statement on COVID-19 challenges: main takeaways

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave an update on the EU’s current efforts to tackle the latest challenges related to COVID-19, most notably with regard to the new omicron variant.

Noting that the World Health Organization has already labeled omicron a ‘variant of concern’, she stressed that there is much information yet to be known about it and that it will take around three weeks to learn its exact transmissibility and fatality characteristics. Until that moment, she stressed that the EU already has available tools against variants, including vaccines, public health measures and the recently-launched European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA).


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