Here’s a change.
Originally, countries like Spain tried to stop the virus completely. Under the new strategy, it would instead accept “that infections will occur.”
Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s center-left prime minister, says Spain changed its mind because the Omicron variant is less lethal, thus should be treated differently. Sánchez said he hopes the European Union will adopt a similar new COVID-19 strategy.
“What we are saying is that in the next few months and years, we are going to have to think, without hesitancy and according to what science tells us, how to manage the pandemic with different parameters,” Sánchez said Monday.
“We are doing our homework, anticipating scenarios.”
Other European governments are less ambitious about implementing a COVID change. Notably, Italy is extending its vaccination mandate to all citizens age 50 or older and imposing fines of up to 1,500 euros for unvaccinated people who show up at work.
“For some other European governments, the idea of normalizing COVID-19 is at odds with their efforts to boost vaccination among reluctant groups,” the AP concludes.