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Ideal conditions for new varieties

Ideal conditions for new varieties

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the world stands at a critical crossroads in the face of the Corona pandemic.

“We must work together to end the acute phase of this pandemic,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference on Monday.

He warned against allowing the epidemic to go out in time and “jumping back and forth between panic and inaction”, and against believing that the epidemic is over and that Omicron is the last alternative we see from the Corona virus.

Perfect conditions

– exactly the contrary. Globally, conditions are ideal for the emergence of new varieties. To change the course of the epidemic, he said, we must change the conditions that drive it.

All countries must come out of the acute phase of the epidemic, step by step.

He points out, for example, that the goal of immunizing at least 70 percent of the population must be achieved in all countries, and that priority should be given to groups at risk. Tedros says up to 85 percent of Africa’s population has not received a single dose of the vaccine.

end of acute phase

“It’s tough, and there are no easy answers, but WHO continues to work at the national, regional and global level to provide the data, strategies, tools and support that different countries need,” Tedros said.

– If countries use these strategies and tools in a good way, we can put an end to the acute phase of the epidemic this year. We can end Covid-19 as a global health crisis, and we can do it this year, Tedros said.

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Tedros also mentioned that Germany has become the largest economic contributor to the World Health Organization. Previously, the United States held this position.

The head of the World Health Organization in Europe, Hans Kluge, said on Sunday that the Omicron variant could lead to the end of the pandemic in Europe. He estimated that 60 percent of the population could be infected by March, and that we would have a period of high immunity among the European population.