The Delta variant, Discovered in India and with increased transmission capacity, it is expanding rapidly around the world with no anticipation of slowing down. “Now found in more than 104 countries Y Soon to be the dominant strain of COVID-19 globally. The world is experiencing in real time how the virus continues to change and become more contagious”, Said this Monday in the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
During the Press conference, Tedros has also confirmed that, last week was the fourth consecutive increase in COVID-19 cases globally, with increases recorded in all regions of the world except one. In addition, deaths from COVID-19 (about 55,000) were slightly higher than the previous seven days, ending 10 days of declines and raising the official death toll to more than four million. “The health emergency is getting worse, and this threatens lives, jobs, and the global economic recovery ”, he warned.
Insists on an equitable distribution of vaccines
This increase in cases, favored by the expansion of this variant, does not make distinctions, which is noticeable in countries with high and low vaccination rates. “Delta spreads rapidly, infecting especially unprotected and vulnerable people, putting pressure on health systems. This translates into high numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, even in countries that managed to control previous waves of the virus ”, he lamented.
However, he stressed that the situation is “particularly bad” in territories where immunization is progressing more slowly. He also recalled that countries with low income have again supply problems of sanitary protective equipment, oxygen and treatments. Regarding these countries, it has once again emphasized, as it has been doing for months, that the administration of vaccines under the same conditions than to others: “Let there be no more talk of vaccinating low-income countries in 2023 or 2024. This is no time for a pause, we want to see progress and a wave of actions to expand the supply and exchange of health tools that save lives ”.
In this sense, Tedros has concluded by recalling the important role that the vaccines in the pandemic: “They have never been the way out of this crisis on their own, but this current wave is once again demonstrating the powerful tool which are to fight against this virus ”.