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Too early to treat coronavirus as endemic, WHO warns – POLITICO

Too early to treat coronavirus as endemic, WHO warns – POLITICO
Intervention by global health body comes after Spanish PM announces shift to influenza-style approach to disease management.

This article is part of POLITICO ’s premium policy service: Pro Health Care.From drug pricing, EMA, vaccines, pharma and more, our specialized journalists keep you on top of the topics driving the health care policy agenda.“We really need to hold back on behaving as if it’s endemic before … the virus itself is behaving as if it’s endemic.The intervention by the global health body came after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez signaled a policy shift away from counting cases and quarantining, toward a risk-based approach typical of managing outbreaks of diseases like influenza that seeks to protect the most vulnerable.

At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent global health research center in Washington, estimates that more than 50 percent of the population across the region will be infected with Omicron in the next six to eight weeks, it added.” Spain plans to shift from its current pandemic management approach to a so-called sentinel surveillance system, Sánchez said, with cases reported by a sample of hospitals and doctors used to estimate the prevalence of the disease and direct public health measures, such as vaccination programs.

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