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Faced with “tsunami” of cases, WHO warns of “collapse” of health systems

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Not very reassuring the latest messages from the World Health Organization. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference on Wednesday that he was “very concerned that the more transmissible Omicron circulating at the same time as Delta is causing a tsunami of cases” . The international organization believes that the Delta and Omicron variants are “twin threats” that increase the number of new cases, causing spikes in hospitalizations and deaths.

“This is and will continue to put immense pressure on an exhausted health workforce and health systems on the brink of collapse,” he then predicted. The pressure on health systems is not only coming from new patients, but also from the large number of health workers falling ill, he added.

Blame it on a low vaccination rate in poor countries

“Unvaccinated people are much more likely to die from one or the other of these variants,” he said. WHO wanted 40% of the world’s population to be fully immunized by the end of the year and aims for 70% coverage by mid-2022. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that 92 of 194 WHO member states would not meet the 40% target by 2021.

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“This is due to limited vaccine shipments to low-income countries for most of the year as well as subsequent shipment of vaccine doses close to the expiration date, without essential items like syringes.” , did he declare. “It’s not just a shame, it has cost lives and given the virus the opportunity to circulate unchecked and mutate. Over the coming year, I call on government and industry leaders to walk the talk of vaccine equity, ”urged the WHO chief.

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Janice Thomas
Janice Thomas is a content editor at 24 News Recorder. She has 5 years of journalism experience and she he is a graduate of Wittenberg University and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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