Ministry health

RTL Today – Coronavirus: the Ministry of Health is preparing for a possible new wave in the fall

Among other things, the Ministry of Health is preparing a new screening and vaccination campaign.

In anticipation of the second expert opinion on the introduction of a partial vaccination mandate next week, the Luxembourg health sector is preparing for next autumn.

Preparations include setting up a new testing campaign, as well as ensuring that Luxembourg has enough antiviral pharmaceuticals and monoclonal antibodies needed to treat the lung disease.

The Ministry of Health is also preparing a relaunch of contact tracing and a new vaccination campaign, which could include the use of new vaccines.

Strong presence of Omicron’s BA.5 sub-variant

Omicron’s BA.5 subvariant currently accounts for a quarter of all new infections in Luxembourg. This variant is probably also responsible for the slight increase in infections seen at the beginning of the month.

Although BA.5 appears to be slightly more contagious than other Omicron subvariants, it does not appear to induce a more severe infection.

Because the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants are more adept at evading vaccine-granted immunity, those vaccinated and recalled have a greater risk of contracting the disease.

This information was shared by Health Minister Paulette Lenert in her response to a parliamentary question from MPs Claude Wiseler and Max Hengel of the Christian Social People’s Party (CSV).