COVID-19 infections exceed 300 million worldwide

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The number of global COVID infections has exceeded 300 million worldwide. It took a year to reach the first 100 million infected and less than a year later the progression has doubled.

The world is dealing these days with the omicron variant, considered by experts as highly contagious.

Medical personnel and patients in London have been hit hard by the omicron variant, prompting the government to deploy 200 members of the army, including 40 doctors, to hospitals in the British capital city.

Mass infections by omicron are for now the main concern for the WHO because the massive outbreaks have put pressure on the health systems of the countries.

The director general of the Geneva-based organization, Tedros Gebreyesus, said that with the scientific tools available for now, the WHO calls for an equitable distribution between countries and regions to see the end of the pandemic.

“Inequity in vaccines and inequity in health in general were my biggest failures of the past year, while some countries have had enough personal protective equipment, tests and vaccines to stock during this pandemic, many other countries do not have enough to meet basic needs or meeting modest goals, “said WHO Director Gebreyesus.

In the United States, the governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice, said Thursday that the omicron variant is prompting him to seek authorization from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide a fourth dose of the vaccine against the covid to people in your state who are 50 years or older.

For the WHO, the new variant of coronavirus recently detected in France, the IHU, is not a cause for concern at this time.

Scientists from the IHU Mediterranee Infection Foundation in Marseille they discovered the new variant B.1.640.2, in December, in 12 patients living near Marseille, and the first patient tested positive after traveling to the Central African nation of Cameroon.

The researchers said they have identified 46 mutations in the new variant, which they named “IHU” in honor of the institute, that could make it more resistant to vaccines and more infectious than the original coronavirus.

The French team disclosed the findings of a study in the online health sciences journal medRxiv, which publishes studies that have not been peer-reviewed or published in an academic journal.

Abdi Mahmud, the WHO COVID-19 Incident Manager, told reporters in Geneva earlier this week that while the IHU variant is “on our radar”, it remains confined to Marseille and has not been labeled as a “variant of concern” by the UN health agency.

* With the collaboration of Celia Mendoza, from New York.

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