Corona virus disease Is Luxembourg ready for a new wave in the fall?
Luxembourg – A new wave of COVID-19 may hit the Grand Duchy in the fall. Is the country ready to face it?
While the Covid epidemic marks the moment, a new wave may hit Luxembourg in the fall. This is the scenario that experts predicted in their report on compulsory vaccination. Is the Grand Duchy ready to face it? “If the Omicron BA5 variant continues to dominate even into the fall, it may not be necessary to do more,” said Paulette Lehnert, LSAP Health Minister. However, if a new, more infectious and dangerous variant appears during this period, additional measures will have to be taken.
Regarding testing, the minister explained that the strategy is largely based on generalized self-testing. “Everyone should get tested if they show symptoms,” she said. As such, there are about 3 million antigen tests in stock currently, she says.
Fourth dose spread?
At the same time, the various testing centers of the three private laboratories and the National Health Laboratory (LNS) may reopen, “if the situation requires it. It will be necessary to conduct a large-scale testing campaign again (large-scale testing). In this regard, the Minister adds That there will be “sufficient staff available.” Paulette Lehnert notes that “labs are preparing for the start of the school year, when more infections are expected. The state health reserve also makes it possible to prepare additional people, or move them so that additional capabilities can be created.”
In schools, nursing homes and clinics, antigen tests can be made available and used at any time, “if the situation of the pandemic so requires.” When it comes to sequencing, early detection of a new variant is “important for better preparation”. The minister notes that “LNS sequences an average of 800 samples per week to ensure follow-up.” This capacity can be increased to 1,500 samples per week.”
As a reminder, Dr. Jean-Claude Schmidt, Director of Health also mentioned at the end of June “Considering a possible fourth dose of a generalized vaccine in the fall, along with a return to mask-wearing.”
More than 10,000 vaccines on the bus
Paulette Lehnert, LSAP’s health minister, notes that 10,800 vaccines against Covid have been made at Impf-Bus. As a reminder, the vaccination bus was launched in August 2021. It allows you to vaccinate without an appointment. more information over here.