WHO warns about more dangerous COVID-19 strain
The World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned about the possibility of a new novel coronavirus strain that would be more dangerous than the delta variant.
"The more transmission, the more variants will emerge with the potential to be even more dangerous than the Delta variant that is causing such devastation now," he said. "And the more variants, the higher the likelihood that one of them will evade vaccines and take us all back to square one."
In his words, the novel coronavirus pandemic is a test, and the global community is failing to cope with it.
"It’s a question I am often asked, and which the people of the world are asking: when will this pandemic end? Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has asked us many questions: About ourselves; and about our world," the official said during his opening remarks at the 138th International Olympic Committee Session. "The pandemic is a test. And the world is failing."
"In the time it takes me to make these remarks, more than 100 people will lose their lives to COVID-19," he continued. "And by the time the Olympic flame is extinguished on the 8th of August, more than 100 thousand more people will perish."
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was sure that the reason why the world is still unable to tackle the pandemic despite having all the necessary instruments is the lack of real political commitments.
"The governments of G20 countries, in particular, must show leadership to ensure the urgent scale-up and deployment of the tools needed to save lives," he said. "If they choose to, the world’s leading economies could bring the pandemic under control globally in a matter of months by sharing doses through COVAX, funding the ACT Accelerator, and incentivizing manufacturers to do whatever it takes to scale up production."
Vaccinating 70% of every country’s population would allow not only to stop the novel coronavirus pandemic, but also to restart the global economy, Ghebreyesus said.