World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus said the world is at the beginning of a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is reported by TASS…
Ghebreyesus reported a high rate of increase in the incidence in the world, as well as deaths from COVID-19. He added that the number of deaths increased for the first time after continuing in the previous ten weeks.
The WHO Director-General states that the Indian variant of the delta plus virus is one of the main drivers of the increase in transmission rates. He noted that this is “fueled by increased social contacts and mobility, as well as inconsistent application of proven health and social measures.”
Gebreyesus noted that the Indian variant of the infection was found in more than 111 countries around the world, and therefore the organization expects that “soon it will become the dominant strain circulating in the world, if not already.”
Earlier, the WHO Director-General recalled that the “delta” variant of the virus has a higher degree of infectiousness in comparison with other mutations. He stressed that the most difficult situation remains in countries with limited access to coronavirus vaccines. However, the pandemic, according to the expert, did not end anywhere.
On July 7, Gebreyesus said that new strains of coronavirus are gaining a victory over vaccines due to the high degree of infectiousness. He criticized the strategy of “vaccine nationalism”, as a result of which a small group of countries have the “lion’s share” of drugs for COVID-19.