It’s been just revealed that the EU Regulator just released a covid warning. Check out the latest reports revealed below.
EU regulator releases covid warning
The European Union’s (EU) medicines regulator urged Europe to prepare for a new wave of the Covid pandemic as “cold winter months” arrive.
“Over the last weeks we have not seen a major increase in Covid-19 case rates in the EU as a result of rising immunity following vaccinations and natural infections.” This is what Marco Cavaleri, head of Health Threats and Vaccines Strategy of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), told a press briefing.
“However, this could change rapidly as we are getting into the cold winter months,” Cavaleri said.
He continued and said the following:
“This virus is maintaining a fast pace in its evolution and new subvariants of Omicron such as BQ.1.1 and its offsprings are on the rise and replacing Omicron BA.5.”
These strains show “an increased propensity for immune evasion and growth advantage”, he noted. In these affirmations he is expressing concern that new subvariants like BQ.1.1 are “escaping neutralisation by the currently available monoclonal antibody products, which is expected to translate into poor clinical efficacy”.
Covid in the news
During the covid pandemic, a lot of people started relying on treatments that are known as monoclonal antibodies. The lab-made therapies are rapidly losing their healing power. This led to the following effect – they have been forcing researchers around the world to devise new antibodies that are both more potent and more resistant to new variants.
Some monoclonal antibodies have been rendered largely ineffective as the virus has mutated. Others are expected to become ineffective if a wave of new omicron subvariants comes to dominate the pandemic landscape during this winter. Stay tuned for more covid-realted news and make sure to stay safe.