FHI: The delta variant is not spreading as fast as we feared in Norway

Line VoldPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

It does not appear that the delta variant of the coronavirus spreads as quickly in Norway as feared, department director Line Vold at the Institute of Public Health (FHI) noted on Saturday.

The health authorities went out early and warned that the delta variant would become dominant in Norway. This has still not happened.

“We are prepared to reintroduce measures in Norway as well, but with an increase in vaccine coverage, we are better protected, and this slows down the infection. We also see that delta has spread a little less quickly than alpha. It has not taken over as fast as alpha did,” Vold told TV 2.

She described the situation with the vaccine coverage and the spread of the delta variant as a race.

“We are in a situation where we know that the vaccines provide good protection against the delta variant and serious illness. At the same time, we see that there is a lot of infection among those who have not been vaccinated. Therefore, this is a race between vaccine coverage and the spread of the delta variant,” Vold said.

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