The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, reiterated this Tuesday that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from coming to an end and warned, among other dangers, that the global growth of Ómicron could give rise to the emergence of new variants.
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During a press conference at the agency’s headquarters, in the Swiss city of Geneva, the expert described the growth of this strain as incredible and assured that classifying it as mild is misleading and endangers its confrontation.
He said that Ómicron “continues to sweep the world” and causes thousands of infections and hospitalizations. He specified that the number of infections last week exceeded 18 million globally. He pointed out that this has a considerable impact on health workers, who are already exhausted, and on the network of health institutions, which is already overloaded. In this regard, he assured that the coming weeks will be critical.
Omicron continues to sweep the . I remain concerned about countries with low vaccination rates, as unvaccinated people are many times more at risk of severe illness & death. I urge everyone to do their best to reduce risk of infection & help take pressure off health systems. pic.twitter.com/CymL7Vxvel
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros)
January 18, 2022
He pointed out that those nations with low immunization rates are at greatest risk, since unvaccinated people are more likely to get infected, develop severe symptoms and die.
Tedros added that “we can still significantly reduce the impact of the current wave by sharing and using health tools effectively, and implementing public health and social measures that we know work.”
On vaccines, he stressed that they continue to be “exceptionally good at preventing serious illness and death,” and again urged equitable sharing of antigens and allowing their manufacture around the world.
He stressed that “we can only beat this virus if we work together and share health tools equitably.”
During this day it also transpired that the Ómicron variant is already present in 71.9 percent of the cases analyzed during the last 30 days throughout the world.