One and a half years after the coronavirus pandemic started in Norway, life is returning to normal. It could have taken much longer,” according to the FHI director.
“I must admit that I thought it would last longer. It is positive that it blew over fast, and that is because the vaccines came quickly and in a large quantity,” Camilla Stoltenberg, director at the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), told NTB.
When the country closed down on March 12 last year, Stoltenberg was unsure how long the measures would last, but felt confident that it would take at least a year and a half to return to normal.
“18 months sounded small at the time, because it was assumed that we would get vaccines quickly. Now that it happened, it’s historic. It is a feat, a scientific and historic feat.”
Epidemic still here
The FHI director emphasizes that there is still an epidemic in Norway.
“But it (the infection) is on a fast way down. And then there may be outbreaks, but the most important thing is that there is still a pandemic in the world,” she said.
In the past, the world has been hit by epidemics and pandemics that lasted for years before society was able to get them under control.
In previous pandemics, with new viruses, there have often been several waves… It took several years to get them under control, Stoltenberg said.
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