Faced with the emergence of the new Omicron variant and the liabilities of European states in the peak of last winter, the European Commission is preparing to discuss compulsory vaccination, a subject that divides the world.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who expressed her personal position, said it was “appropriate and reasonable to have this discussion now” to discuss the subject of compulsory vaccination at this time.
This moment coincides with the appearance of the Omicron variant, detected in southern Africa, and which has demonstrated an extreme speed of propagation, much more than the Delta variant which has already wreaked havoc in the world, especially this summer.
According to Ms. Von der Leyen, the European Union should now have a “discussion” on the subject of compulsory vaccination on the Old Continent. “It requires a common approach but I think it is a discussion that must take place”, she justified.
This subject divides a lot in the world and particularly in Europe where there is a large community of anti-vax who believe that States do not have the right to impose vaccination on them since it falls within the framework of individual freedoms.
In addition, the European Union is about to launch vaccination for children with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which will be less dosed than that for adults. The children’s anti-covid vaccine will be available from December 13, she said.
As for the new variant detected, Ursula Von der Leyen put forward the figure of 100 days to determine the time needed for the scientific body to prepare its vaccine response to Omicron.
As a reminder, the head of the American pharmaceutical company, Moderna, confided at the beginning of the week in an interview that it will be several months before the laboratories can develop an effective vaccine against Omicron, noting that it will take another two weeks. scientists to have a better understanding of the dangerousness of this new variant.