“In big cities like Rotterdam and Amsterdam, 40 percent of those tested positively are affected by this new variant,” says Commerce, shortly before he goes on vacation after a wonderful year. “But it’s important that we know and be on top of it. For OMT, it’s good to know that it’s not over. We must learn to live with the virus. That’s why it’s important to be sure of the basic steps. We want to eradicate the virus, but there will be outbreaks in some areas. ”
According to Commerce, this is mainly due to the fact that a section of the population is not vaccinated. “We’re at the final stage now when it comes to vaccination. We hope we can beat the virus this way, but if 25 percent of adults are not vaccinated – that’s about 3 million people – it’s too much. Then you can not prevent outbreaks.”
As expected, the delta variant will replace all other types. Meanwhile, the infected group and the virus survival group shrink. “But in addition, especially the elderly will be more vulnerable again because the antibodies in the body are slowly declining,” Commerce explains. “They may need a third shot.”
This also applies to people who have been shot by the astrogenic vaccine. “A study in the UK shows that AstraZeneca offers slightly less protection against the Testa variant. If this causes problems in practice, those individuals may also receive a third shot.”
But according to Commerce, we should not be afraid of another lock. “We’re good at taking action, but we’re afraid of relaxation. But if you hold it too long, the public will no longer have confidence. So, now it’s important to dare to scale quickly.