The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, is optimistic that the coronavirus pandemic can be defeated in 2022, provided that countries work together to limit the spread of the virus. In a New Year’s message, however, he warned again of “blunt nationalism” and “seizure” of vaccines by some countries, digi reports.24, according to BBC.
His comments come two years after the WHO was first notified of cases of an unknown strain of the virus that causes pneumonia in China. The number of cases of Covid in the world now stands at 287 million, while almost 5.5 million people have died.
The new WHO goal for 2022
Despite all this, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu had a positive note in his speech, noting that there are now many more tools to treat Covid-19, notes BBC. At the same time, the WHO official warned that inequity continues to characterize the distribution of vaccines, which increases the risk of the virus evolving and mutating.
“Blunt nationalism and vaccination by some countries have undermined equity and created the ideal conditions for the emergence of the Omicron variant, and the longer the inequity continues, the greater the risk that the virus will evolve in ways it does not. we can prevent or predict, “he said. “If we end inequity, we end the pandemic,” he said.
In this context, in his message, Dr. Tedros also discussed the low vaccination rates in some countries. Because, WHO sets new target for 2022: vaccination of 70 percent of the population in all countries by July to end the pandemic.
While most people in Europe and America have received at least one dose of vaccine, the WHO’s goal of achieving a full vaccination rate of 40 percent in each country by the end of 2021 has been missed, especially in the case of Africa.
Dr. Tedros has repeatedly criticized richer nations for hindering the global supply of vaccines, completely vaccinating much of their population, while other states are still waiting for the first doses.
The picture of the moment in the coronavirus pandemic
Meanwhile, South Africa, where Omicron has been reported for the first time – is currently a growing concern worldwide – has lifted traffic restrictions overnight and said it was possible. to have exceeded the peak of new infections.
Although several European countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Greece, reported record cases of new infections, the data so far suggest that Omicron infections are not as serious.
However, even during the holidays, Omicron did to be canceled thousands of flights, almost half of them in the US, as airlines face staffing.
Health officials in France say Omicron is now the dominant country. President Macron said the coming weeks would be difficult, but he also said he was “optimistic” for next year.
At the same time, Israel – which had many pioneering initiatives in this pandemic – has become one of the first countries in the world to approved a fourth dose of anti-Covid vaccine, reports digi24.ro.
photo source: Facebook / Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus