In the last days of the year, the WHO warns the world that a worse-than-micron scenario could come: World Health Organization leader Tedros Gebreesus has sounded the alarm over record numbers in several countries, including the United States. CNBC.
In the now rising phase of the epidemic, the omicron variant is responsible for many diseases: in this situation, it would be more important than ever for nations to work together rather than divide and vaccinate nationalize and thus try to fight the virus.
Disinformation requires human lives
The WHO has reiterated its call for nations to jointly provide vaccination and other vital health equipment to countries that are currently in need of these vital assets.
“Misinformation and misinformation, often spread by few, are constantly distracting from important things, undermining science and confidence in life-saving health devices.”
said Tedros Gebreesus. He also added that misinformation about vaccines is contributing to the deaths of a great many people.
Locally sourced vaccines may help
Current vaccines, experts say, are still effective in preventing omicron-induced serious illnesses, but are much less effective in preventing omicron-induced infections.
Booster vaccines, on the other hand, significantly increase protection
against symptomatic diseases caused by omicrons.
However, if a strain of the virus that is resistant to the vaccines now available appears, manufacturers will have to modify the vaccines, which could lead to a recurrent shortage of supply. It is important to build local production capacity in as many countries as possible before this happens.
Inequality stretches the pandemic
“The virus will continue to develop and endanger our health care system if we do not improve our collective response. I am very concerned that circulating the highly contagious omicron at the same time as the delta will lead to a lot of disease,” the WHO chief said.
Vaccine supplies are currently improving, he said, while reminiscent vaccination programs in rich countries are making it harder for poor countries to get vaccines. This growing inequality could prolong the pandemic. Despite all this, Tedros Gebreesus is confident that the pandemic will end in 2022.
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