The Swiss authorities believe that the lifting of coronavirus restrictions is possible in the summer, and all measures will be canceled by August.
Reported by The Local.
This scenario is based on a vaccination strategy that the government says is achievable and controlled.
Health Minister Alain Berset said at a press conference that Switzerland will receive 8.1 million doses of already ordered vaccines from Pfizer / Biotech and Moderna between now and the end of July.
To date, almost half a million people in Switzerland have received both doses, and in the meantime, the doses that are already available will still be used. This would mean that 75% of the adult population will be immunized, Berset said.
All vulnerable people should be vaccinated by April 20, and most others will have a second vaccination by the end of June, authorities said.
“We have a good situation. Six months ago, no one could have thought that the vaccination campaign would be so advanced,” the minister said.
Virginie Massari, head of infection control at the Federal Office of Health, said that unless new viral mutations emerge during this time, “enough people will be vaccinated from August so restrictive measures will no longer be needed.”
Berset also said that measures to combat the coronavirus could be canceled in the summer. “Our goal is to move in the direction of normalcy,” he said.