The World Health Organization (WHO) stated a strong warning regarding the variant Omicron of the Covid-19 since although he assured that it seems “less serious than the Delta”, argued that “is killing people in the world” and that is why it should not be considered “mild“.
“Although Ómicron appears to be less severe compared to Delta, especially for vaccinated people, it does not mean that it should be classified as mild.“said the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a press conference, who also noted that the high number of cases caused by Omicron, gender pressure in hospitals.
The specialist insisted that “Like the previous variants, Ómicron causes hospitalizations and it’s killing people “, and the exponential rise in infections “It is overwhelming healthcare systems around the world.”
Last week, WHO was notified about 9.5 million new infections by Covid-19, a record that meant a 71% compared to the previous weekr. Although the head of the agency warned that the real figure may be higher.
However, Tedros also referred to the way in which rich countries monopolized the doses of available vaccines last year, when evaluating that this decision “It was the perfect breeding ground for the emergence of variants of the virus.”
In that sense, Tedros urged the world to distribute the doses of vaccines more fairly in 2022.
“The new year offers an opportunity to renew our collective response to a common threat and I hope that world leaders who showed determination to protect their people will extend that determination to ensure that everyone is safe and secure. This pandemic will not end until let us do it“, he expressed.
Likewise, regarding the problem of inequality which was reflected in the distribution of vaccination, the WHO head said: “Inequality in access to vaccines kills people and jobs and undermines the global economic recovery.”
That is why the head of the WHO insisted that “One booster dose after another in a small number of countries will not end a pandemic while billions remain completely unprotected. “