- Omicron variant of COVID is harmful virus notably for many who are unvaccinated: WHO
- Omicron causes much less extreme illness than Delta, it stays harmful virus, warns WHO Chief Tedros
- This large spike in infections is being pushed by Omicron variant, WHO Chief added
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is a “harmful virus” notably for many who are unvaccinated, World Well being Group (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned on Wednesday.
“Whereas Omicron causes much less extreme illness than Delta, it stays a harmful virus, notably for many who are unvaccinated,” Tedros mentioned throughout a media briefing on COVID-19.
This large spike in infections is being pushed by the Omicron variant, which is quickly changing Delta in nearly all nations, he mentioned. WHO chief additionally highlighted Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination price and mentioned “in Africa, greater than 85 per cent of individuals are but to obtain a single dose of vaccine. We can’t finish the acute part of the pandemic until we shut this hole.”
“We’re making progress. In December, COVAX shipped greater than double the variety of doses it shipped in November, and within the coming days, we anticipate COVAX to ship its 1 billionth vaccine dose,” he said.
He additional said that a number of the provide constraints we confronted final yr are actually beginning to ease, however we nonetheless have an extended technique to go to succeed in our goal of vaccinating 70 per cent of the inhabitants of each nation by the center of this yr.
90 nations have nonetheless not reached the 40 per cent goal, and 36 of these nations have vaccinated lower than 10 per cent of their populations, he added.
“WHO and our companions are actively supporting these nations to beat the bottlenecks they face, in management and coordination, lack of provide visibility, brief shelf-life of donated vaccines, restricted chilly chain capability, vaccine confidence, well being employee shortages, and competing priorities,” he added.