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Europe’s Top WHO Official Sees a More Stable Phase of Pandemic

In a statement Monday, Hans Kluge expressed cautious optimism

A healthcare worker holds a tray of syringes at a Covid-19 vaccination center in Munich.

A healthcare worker holds a tray of syringes at a Covid-19 vaccination center in Munich.

Photographer: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg

As some parts of Europe begin to recover from Covid-19’s latest omicron-driven surge, the World Health Organization said Monday that the region is entering a “new phase” of the pandemic.

Hans Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe, said in a statement that omicron offers “plausible hope for stabilization and normalization,” but that it is “far too early to relax.”