Geneva: The World Well being Group warned on Tuesday that the brand new coronavirus kind omicron is spreading at an unprecedented fee and might be already current in most international locations of the world.
Because the new, heavily-mutated species was first found in South Africa final month, it has been reported in 77 international locations, WHO chief Tedros Adhanam Ghebres informed reporters.
However, he insisted, “the fact is that Omicron might be in most international locations, even when it has not but been found.”
“Omicron is spreading at a fee we’ve not seen with any earlier kind,” he mentioned.
His feedback come amid rising proof that even newer varieties could also be higher at skirting vaccine safety than earlier ones, however could trigger milder signs.
However Tedros warned in opposition to “dismissing Omicron as a lighter”.
“Definitely, now we have realized to date that we underestimate the chance of this virus,” he mentioned.
“Even when omikron causes much less critical illness, the sheer variety of instances may as soon as once more overwhelm unprepared well being programs.”
The WHO chief additionally expressed concern that many international locations have been dashing to present booster vaccine doses in response to the proliferation of Omicron, in gentle of the persistent obvious disparity in vaccine attain between wealthy and poor international locations.
“The WHO is anxious that such packages will replicate the Covid-19 vaccine assortment,” he mentioned earlier this yr.
He mentioned there may be not sufficient knowledge but to indicate that wholesome adults want a 3rd dose to successfully shield in opposition to variants, though he mentioned that “as we transfer ahead, booster could play an essential function.”
On the identical time, many weak folks in poor international locations haven’t but obtained a single dose.
“Let me be very clear: WHO is just not in opposition to boosters. We’re in opposition to inequality. Our most important concern is to save lots of lives in all places,” Tedros mentioned.
“It is a query of precedence,” he mentioned.
“Order is essential. Booster to low-risk teams for critical sickness or dying endangers the lives of those that are ready for his or her major dose attributable to provide constraints.”
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