EU official: Omicron expected to be dominant variant by mid-January
Omicron is expected to be the dominant COVID-19 variant in Europe by mid-January, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday.
Driving the news: Early research shows the variant is spreading very quickly, including among vaccinated people, Axios' Caitlin Owens reports.
- Von der Leyen noted that the rate at which it takes the number of cases to double is around two or three days.
Details: Despite concerns, von der Leyen expressed some optimism, saying that Europe was in a "better position" to fight the virus.
- She noted that more than 66% of the EU population is fully vaccinated and that 62 million people have received a booster.
What she's saying: “Like many of you, I’m sad that once again this Christmas will be overshadowed by the pandemic,” she said.
- "The most important thing now is to increase the number of people who are vaccinated in Europe as quickly as possible."