The rector of the EKPA, Thanos Dimopoulos, spoke of a gradual return to normal life before the summer, who noted that “the new protein vaccines (Novavax) will convince the unvaccinated to get vaccinated.”
According to the professor: “In the coming months, given the change in weather, the achievement of some degree of herd immunity by the citizens of the country (with a small caveat that there will be no new strain that does not turn the forecast), I believe that by the summer we can return to normal life. “.
However, he clarified in an interview with SKAI that any lifting of measures (in terms of protection against coronavirus) should be done in stages: “Measures that are being canceled now should not concern the abolition of masks and distancing. It is useful to go gradually, so that the commission of epidemiologists can realistically assess the data on a weekly basis.”
Data shows reduction in viral load
According to the expert, according to data from wastewater, the Delta strain has already “almost disappeared”, while Omicron has taken the predominant position: “I think the data shows a de-escalation (decrease) in viral load, judging by the analysis of wastewater. The predominance of the Omicron strain is associated with high transmissibility and a milder course of the disease in those who have been vaccinated.”
The professor also talked about protein vaccineswhich, he says, have a different technology from previous drugs, and it is hoped that they will “convince skeptics to get vaccinated.”