February 4, 2023

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The WHO has warned of the emergence of a new variant of Covid, which is worrying

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned this Friday The threat of a new variant of covid19, Even if he calculates 90% of the world’s population currently enjoys some immunity to the virus.

At the press conference, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, He warned that monitoring should be reduced infections That opens the door to a new variant of the virus that can overcome the dominant Omicron.

“Gaps in surveillance, testing, sequencing and vaccination create the perfect conditions for a worrisome new variant that could cause significant mortality” Tedros warned.

On the other hand, the expert pointed out that, as estimated by the WHO, “90% of the world’s population now has some degree of immunity to SARS-CoV-2 due to previous infection or vaccination”. Covid-19 disease.

He then concluded: “We are very close to saying that the emergency phase of the pandemic is over, but we are not there yet”.

Tedros recalled last weekend that it had been a year since the WHO announced the new, highly infectious variant of Omicron.

Currently, there are more than 500 subtypes of Omicron and all are highly contagious. They also have mutations that allow them to easily escape the immune system, Tedros recalls. 6.6 million deaths have been reported to the WHO from Covid-19, and nearly 640 million infections have been recorded.

However, the UN health agency insists that the data does not reflect the actual number of victims. Last week there were more than 8,500 deaths from Covid-19, Tedros recalled. A number that is “unacceptable” after three years of the epidemic, he added, adding that “we already have many tools to prevent epidemics and save lives.”

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