On Monday, a top official from WHO warned that global conditions are ripe for the SARS-CoV-2 to mutate and bring in new, potentially-dangerous variants. Therefore, it isn’t wise to think of the pandemic ending soon.
This respected official is the Director-General of WHO named Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and he issued the statement while addressing his executive board earlier this week.
Ever since the Omicron variant emerged, 80 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported to the WHO. This number is way higher than the case count reported in the entire 2020. During the last week, the WHO was reported with 100 cases in every 3 seconds and every 12 seconds, a death was recorded.
However, Tedros said that the infection rate is exploding daily while there is no considerable jump in the death rate. By now, fatalities are only higher in areas that struggle with accessing vaccines e.g. Africa.
During his address to the executive board, Tedros warned that it can’t be assumed that the Omicron will be the last variant of the pandemic because global conditions are not in this favour. They are ideal for the virus to mutate further and thus shall be changed if we want the pandemic to end.
In this regard, Tedros said that if the global community takes the right actions, it will be a turning point for the pandemic. By right actions he meant that people must follow all the strategies suggested by the WHO like boosting the capabilities of testing, antiviral COVID treatments, vaccination of at least 70% of the population, equitable access to oxygen, etc.
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