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“Billions of people” unvaccinated against COVID-19, deplores WHO | Coronavirus

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Although Omicron appears to be less severe than Delta, especially in people who have been vaccinated, that doesn’t mean it should be classified as benign.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press briefing in Geneva on Thursday.

Much like the previous variants, Omicron sends people to the hospital and kills people.

A quote from WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

He warned against a tsunami cases as global infections skyrocket to record highs fueled by both Omicron and Delta. Health systems are overwhelmed and governments are struggling to tame the virus, which has killed more than 5.8 million people.

Meanwhile, the WHO says the impact on older people is one of the big unanswered questions about the new variant, as most of the cases studied so far have involved younger people.

Billions of unprotected people

The director general of the WHO has been digging the same path for several weeks. He reiterated his call for greater global equity in the distribution and access to vaccines.

Recall after recall in a small number of countries will not end a pandemic as long as billions remain completely unprotected.

A quote from WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Based on the current rate of vaccine deployment, no less than 109 countries will not meet the WHO target of immunizing 70% of the world’s population by July, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. This goal is seen as a way to help end the acute phase of the pandemic.

For his part, WHO adviser Bruce Aylward said 36 countries had not even reached 10% immunization coverage. Among the patients with the condition considered severe in the world, 80% were not vaccinated, he said.

In its weekly epidemiological report on Thursday, the WHO said cases rose 71%, or 9.5 million, in the week to Jan. 2 compared to the previous week, while deaths declined by 10%, or 41,000.

WHO Director of the Health Emergencies Program, Dr Michael Ryan, warned against wishful thinking who wants Omicron to be the last variant of this epidemic. There is still a lot of energy in this virus, he warned Thursday.

Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical officer on COVID-19, adds that it is very unlikely that Omicron will be the last variant we will discuss.

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