Latvia: "Boost, boost, boost!" - EU"s VdL urges preventive action against Omicron variant

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Published on 28 Nov 2021, 23:59
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EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen urged EU member states to take precautionary measures regarding the spread of the new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron,' speaking at a press conference with Latvian Prime Minister Krisjsnis Karinis and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, held in Riga on Sunday.
"First and foremost, highest priority is 'vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate! Boost, boost, boost' as much as possible because this boosting or vaccination raises the level of antibodies and stimulates the memory cells for COVID viruses. Therefore, it is the 'police' of the immune system that you are reinforcing in that time," said von der Leyen.
She added that using preventive measures, such as getting the vaccine and wearing masks, will help the world 'buy time' for scientists and manufacturers 'to have a full picture about the quality of the mutations of this Omicron variant.'
PM Karinis accused Russia's Gazprom to drive energy prices up deliberately through not filling up their gas storage sufficiently, adding, "And in the end we see a disinformation campaign coming out of Russia in a very organized and aggressive way. Now we see that this is directed against Poland - Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia are accused of the hybrid situation on the Belarusian border, not Belarus."
Stoltenberg and von der Leyen were in Vilnius earlier in the day to express support for EU and NATO member states that are currently facing what they say is a 'hybrid threat' from Belarus against Poland.

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SOT, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission: "The scientists and manufacturers need 2-3 weeks to have a full picture about the quality of the mutations of this Omicron variant. And therefore we really have to use this time, because there are precautionary actions that we can take. First and foremost highest priority is Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate!. Boost, boost, boost as much as possible, because this boosting or vaccination raises the level of antibodies and stimulates the memory cells for COVID viruses, therefore it is the police of the immune system that you are reinforcing in that time. The second point is [sic] the very simple measures [such as] masks, hand hygiene and social distancing. Because no matter what the variant is, this is helping against the variant. And we need to buy time."

SOT, Krisjsnis Karinis, Prime Minister of Latvia (Latvian): "Russia, or Gazprom, owns gas storage facilities in Germany and Austria, and although Gazprom is fulfilling its obligations to commercial partners in Europe, Gazprom has not filled its gas storage facilities sufficiently, thus creating a shortage and driving prices up. Russia, or Gazprom, owns gas storage facilities in Germany and Austria, and although Gazprom is fulfilling its obligations to commercial partners in Europe, Gazprom has not filled its gas storage facilities sufficiently, thus creating a shortage and driving prices up. And in the end we see a disinformation campaign coming out of Russia in a very organized and aggressive way. Now we see that this is directed against Poland - Poland, Lithuania and Latvia are accused of the hybrid situation on the Belarusian border, not Belarus."

SOT, Krisjsnis Karinis, Prime Minister of Latvia (Latvian): "The first threat is a hybrid attack faced by Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and therefore the European Union, in the form of an organized illegal movement of migrants across the borders of the European Union. Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are protecting and guarding the external borders of the European Union in a unified manner. We have a very clear and uniform policy in this regard, and this policy naturally receives support from our partners from both the European Union and NATO. The second challenge in our region is the concentration of Russian military forces at the Ukrainian border."

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