West News Wire: The Globe Health Organization has warned that Omicron is “growing at a rate we have not seen with any previous variety,” and has urged the world to battle the coronavirus pandemic using all available means.
“I need to be very clear: vaccines alone will not pull any country out of this crises,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference. Vaccines aren’t being used instead of masks, separation, ventilation, or hand hygiene. Do everything. Do it on a regular basis. Do a good job.”
He brought up vaccine unfairness once more, pointing out that many Western countries are racing to roll out vaccination booster jab campaigns, while much of the rest of the world is still waiting for a first dose for a large portion of the population.
“To be clear, WHO does not oppose booster doses. Vaccine injustice is something we oppose “Dr. Tedros stated.
“It’s a question of prioritization. Giving booster doses to groups at low risk of severe disease or death simply puts at risk the lives of those at high risk who are still waiting for their first doses,” he insisted.
He pointed out that 41 countries have still not managed to vaccinate 10 percent of their population and 98 countries have not reached the 40 percent mark. “If we end the inequity, we end the pandemic. If we allow inequity to continue, we allow the pandemic to go forward,” he insisted.
Omicron could overwhelm’ health systems. Countries across Europe and the rest of the world have been enacting further restrictions to fight the spread of COVID-19, and especially the new variant Omicron.
“Omicron has now been documented in 77 countries, but the fact is that Omicron is probably present in most nations even if it has not yet been detected,” Ghebreyesus added.
He went on to say that the WHO was concerned that some people thought Omicron was less harmful than other strains.
“Even if Omicron causes less severe symptoms,” he warned, “the number of cases could overwhelm unprepared health systems once again.”
According to WHO incident manager Abdi Mahamud, the variant’s spread is such that it could become the majority in some European nations by mid-December, when they are still dealing with the aftermath of the Delta variant’s fifth wave of infection.