Carla Vizzotti said that omicron may mark the end of the pandemic but warned about the appearance of a new variant
The Minister of Health of the Nation, Carla Vizzotti, analyzed this Saturday the current state of the pandemic of Covid in a context of increased circulation of the variant omicron in Argentina. Although he was reluctant to forecast a possible date of end of the health crisis, evaluated with optimism the evolution of the infected curves worldwide. However, it warned about the eventual appearance of new strains.
In dialogue with AM 750, The official was consulted about the hypothesis that she states that omicron would mark the end of the pandemic – this from presenting milder symptoms but greater contagion. “We hope that it is fulfilled and it becomes endemic, but I have never made any predictions”He said and added: “What is observed in South Africa is that the cases fell in 6 weeks and in Córdoba we are seeing that the rate of increase is decreasing. If this starts to happen in each province, it will be a interesting sign “.
Although Vizzotti remarked that “As long as there are countries where the population is not vaccinated, a new variant may emerge”, he emphasized that in the world “it is seen that omicron infections are growing rapidly, but they are also decreasing rapidly.” Along these lines, he celebrated that at the local level the arrival of the third wave of Covid has generated an increase in the “perception of risk”, which had as a correlation an increase in the demand for vaccines.
He then reported that In the last 8 weeks, more than 700 thousand people over 18 years of age started their vaccination schedule, a fact that he described as “encouraging”. Too called “success” immunization in tourist posts in the framework of the summer holidays. “It was a possibility that we debated in the Federal Health Council (Cofesa) and the strategy is something that all the provinces have taken,” he said.
On the other hand, the minister spoke about how the control of Covid self-tests approved by the Anmat this week, a factor that arouses concern in the holder of Buenos Aires Health, Nicolás Kreplak, and other health referents. In this regard, he anticipated: “We are drawing a ministerial resolution because one of the issues is gathering the information. Then, wherever you buy, you will have a barcode and a reporting system by the person, jurisdiction or company. If so, the jurisdiction will define how to proceed ”.
Finally, when asked about the possible application of additional restrictions during the summer season to cope with the sharp increase in infections, he explained: “The analysis of the indicators that we evaluate does not show tension in the health system”. However, he clarified: “In case of need, for a very short period of time, the current DNU admits to limit the movement of people, as Córdoba did.. While taking a measured at the national level, with the heterogeneity that exists, is complicated, we support each jurisdiction depending on their reality ”.