Digital Desk, Geneva. Omicron variant shows that covid is not over yet-The world is entering the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the infectious disease that has caused the deaths of more than 5 million people is still not over. The World Health Organization (WHO) made this comment on Monday. At the special session of the World Health Assembly, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world is in the grip of the most acute health crisis in a century, even though it can be prevented, detected and treated. Is.
“The emergence of the highly mutated mutant Omicron variant underscores how dangerous and precarious our situation is,” he said. We don’t need another wake-up call, said the head of the health body; We all should be aware of the danger of this virus. He further stressed the need for a global treaty on pandemics to help countries prevent and fight future pandemics. Ghebreyesus said, in fact, Omicron has shown why the world needs a new agreement on the pandemic. He said that COVID has exposed and exacerbated fundamental vulnerabilities globally to pandemic preparedness and response.
These include complex and fragmented governance, inadequate funding and inadequate systems as well as equipment. He stressed that a legally binding agreement between nations would be the best way to address future pandemics; An agreement based on the belief that we have no future but a common or common future. According to Ghebreyesus, this will enable nations to come together and find common ground to make sustainable progress against common threats. The pandemic cannot end until the vaccine crisis is resolved, he said. More than 80 percent of the world’s vaccines have gone to G20 countries, and low-income countries, most of which are in Africa, have received just 0.6 percent of all vaccines. The WHO chief also called on its member states to support the goal of vaccinating 40 percent of each country’s population by the end of this year and 70 percent by the middle of next year. Ghebreyesus said, the longer the vaccine inequality persists, the greater the opportunity for this virus to spread and develop, which we can neither predict nor prevent.
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