WHO Chief: Omicron ‘Dangerous’ Virus For Unvaccinated People

Amid a massive surge of COVID-19 cases across India and the rest of the world, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the Omicron variant is a “dangerous virus” particularly for those who are unvaccinated.

Geneva:“While Omicron causes less severe disease than Delta, it remains a dangerous virus, particularly for those who are unvaccinated,” the WHO chief said during a media briefing on COVID-19 on Wednesday.

He said this huge spike in infections is being driven by the Omicron variant, which is rapidly replacing Delta in almost all countries.

The WHO chief mentioned Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination rate and said “in Africa, more than 85 per cent of people are yet to receive a single dose of vaccine. We cannot end the acute phase of the pandemic unless we close this gap.”

“We are making progress. In December, COVAX shipped more than double the number of doses it shipped in November, and in the coming days, we expect COVAX to ship its 1 billionth vaccine dose,” he stated.

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