Coronavirus: “There is a good chance that the Indian variant will become dominant in Belgium”, according to Marc van Ranst

The virologist believes that if a new variant turns out to be dangerous, the strategy to fight the coronavirus must be adapted quickly.


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Mhe biggest criticism of the Concertation Committee is that the threshold of 500 intensive care unit beds will not be lowered further as a condition for the relaxations in July and August. By then, we must be much less than 500 ICU beds ”, explains virologist Marc Van Ranst in a daily interview. From Morgen.

On the subject of variants, he reminds us that “mutant viruses are just logic. We have known this for a long time; the same goes for the influenza virus. “It doesn’t always have to be a huge problem. If a new variant turns out to be dangerous, the strategy to fight the coronavirus must be adapted quickly. There is not much else to do in this case. “




He believes that there is “a good chance” that the Indian variant will become dominant in Belgium. “In the UK it’s already on the rise. And the same can happen to us. Especially since, whatever the way we see it, by the summer, we will be exchanging variants. “

“Progressive vaccinations and vaccination coverage is high: this is good news. But we still have to be careful, ”he concludes.


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