WHERE: Commemorative installments are not enough for a country to emerge from the crisis


What did the head of the WHO say about the pandemic, the commemorative doses

THE head of the World Health Organization stated that it is an illusion to think that giving is enough booster doses to get out of her pandemic Covid-19.

«No country will be able to leave from the pandemic with booster doses and the commemorative installments are not a green light to celebrate as we expected “, said Tandros Antanom Gebregesous, general director of the WHO, at a press conference in Geneva.

“Souvenir programs without discrimination have every chance prolong the pandemic rather than end it by channeling the available doses to countries that already have increased vaccination rates, spread and mutate “, underlined Dr. Tentros.

“It is important to remember that the vast majority of illnesses and deaths are people who have not been vaccinated, not those who have not received a booster dose “, insisted and added: “And we have to be very clear” for the fact that “Vaccines remain effective against variations Delta as well as Omicron “.

“As we approach the new year, we must all learn from the painful lessons that this year has taught us. 2022 must be the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.” said the head of the WHO.

According to WHO committee of experts in the field of vaccination policy (SAGE), at least 126 countries have already given guidelines for booster dosing or additional vaccination (of children for example) and 120 of them have already started relevant campaigns. In the vast majority of high- or middle-income countries, while «no poor country has yet introduced a souvenir program dose “, underlines SAGE in a statement issued this afternoon.

Moreover, in a briefing to the media, the head of the technical team of the WHO. for COVID-19, Maria van Kerkov, said that there is still not enough data for the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus so that we can say if it is more contagious from the Delta variant.

“We do have a definitionone data showing how hospitalization rates are lowerHe said, but warned to do not draw conclusions from early data because “We have not seen this variant circulate for long enough in populations around the world, certainly in vulnerable populations.”

The WHO official she also said that the data for the new variant, first identified in its southern region Africa and Hong Kong in November.

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