The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Thursday warned “Unfortunately…we are now in the early stages of a third wave“, he said.
The WHO head said that Delta variant’s spread, increased social mobility and inconsistent use of proven public health measures, is driving an increase in both case numbers and deaths.
He said that the virus is continuing to evolve, resulting in more transmissible variants. “The Delta variant is now in more than 111 countries and we expect it to soon be the dominant COVID-19 strain circulating worldwide if it isn’t already,” he said.
He also drew world’s attention towards the ongoing shocking disparity in the global distribution of vaccines and an unequal access to life-saving tools.
Many countries still have not received any vaccines while most have not received enough. He appealed for a massive push for vaccination worldwide.
WHO has also issued updated guidance to facilitate a risk-based approach for opening. WHO is also reviewing options to digitalise the International Certificate for Vaccination and Prophylaxis
It will help support a harmonised approach for recording vaccination status. Not only vaccination, a number of available public health and social measures will help in containing the virus spread.
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