The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that a new coronavirus variant, omicron, could be spreading at an unprecedented rate and already present in most countries around the world.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters it had been reported in 77 countries since the mutation was first detected in southern Africa last month.
But he stresses, “the reality is that Omicron is probably present in most countries, even though it has not yet been detected.”
“Omicrons are spreading at a rate not seen in previous variants,” he said.
His comment may be better at avoiding protection from vaccines than the previous ones, but with growing evidence that they can cause mild symptoms. Rice fields.
However, Tedros warned that he would “mildly reject Omicron.”
“Certainly, we have never seen that we underestimate this endangered virus,” he said.
“Even if the omicron causes a less severe disease, a large number of cases can overwhelm an unprepared health system.”
WHO chiefs also expressed concern that many countries are in a hurry to provide boosters. Omicron shares vaccine doses with rich people in response to the spread of the poor country.
“WHO is concerned that such a program will replicate the storage of the COVID-19 vaccine seen earlier this year,” he said.
He said there is not yet enough data to show that a third dose is needed for effective protection. Healthy adults “boosters can play an important role as we move forward,” he said of the variant.
At the same time many people who are likely to be serious do not yet have a single dose in poor countries.
“To be clear, the WHO does not oppose boosters. We oppose the wrong way. Our main concern is to save lives everywhere,” Tedros said. told.
“It is a matter of priority,” he said.
“Ordering is important. Giving boosters to groups at low risk of serious illness or death only endangers the lives of those at high risk who are still waiting for the first dose because of a lack of supplies.
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