The Omicron variant of Covid-19 is dangerous – and especially so for those who have not been vaccinated against the disease, the World Health Organisation said Wednesday.
The WHO said the huge global spike in situations was being pushed by Omicron but insisted there should be no surrender to the variant of concern.
“While Omicron causes less harsh disease than Delta, it remains a dangerous virus, particularly for those who are unvaccinated,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference.
“We mustn’t allow this virus a free ride or wave the white flag, especially when so many people around the keep unvaccinated.
“In Africa, over 85 percent of people are in addition to receive a single measure of vaccine. We can’t end the acute phase of the pandemic unless we close this gap.”
Tedros wanted every country to have 10 percent of their population vaccinated by the end of September 2021, 40 percent by the end of December, and 70 percent by mid-2022.
But 90 countries had nevertheless not reached 40 percent, 36 of them nevertheless short of the 10-percent mark, he said
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