2022 should be the year in which “we will put an end to the pandemic” wished today the director general of the World Health Organization, Tantros Antanom Gebregesous, during the established, online briefing of journalists from Geneva. The interest was monopolized by the Omicron variant.
As the Christmas and New Year holidays approach, Tentros advised families and people who want to spend some time together to think twice: “An event that has been canceled is better than a life less,” he said.
Omicron is more contagious – Vaccinated and sick people are at risk of re-infection
Tetros noted that the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 spreads faster than Delta and causes infections in people who have already been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19.
“There is now ample evidence that Omicron is spreading significantly faster than the Delta variant. “And those who have been vaccinated or those who have recovered from Covid-19 are more likely to become infected or re-infected,” he said.
Both Tentros and the head of the emergency department, Mike Ryan, stressed that faster progress should be made on studies on the origin of the new coronavirus. The Center expressed hope that China’s data sharing would improve, commenting that the research could not reach safe conclusions without Beijing’s cooperation.