Omicron: ‘We need to end Covid-19 by 2022,’ says WHO Chief

The Omicron variant of coronavirus has reawakened fears among people all over the world as we approach the holiday season. The Christmas holidays will be held in the shadow of the coronavirus disease for the second year in a row (Covid-19).

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that governments all over the world work together to end the pandemic. “We must end the pandemic in 2022,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“If we are to end the pandemic this year, we must eliminate inequity by ensuring that 70% of the population of every country has been vaccinated by the middle of next year,” he added.

“Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved the use of a ninth vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India under licence from Novavax. This new vaccine is part of the COVAX family, and we expect it to play a key role in meeting our global vaccination goals “The WHO director-general went on to say more.

Tedros, on the other hand, painted a bleak picture, claiming that Covid-19 has cast a pall over the world.

He claimed that the pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 3.3 million people this year, more than HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined in 2020, and that it continues to claim around 50,000 lives every week.

“Not to mention the unreported deaths and millions of unnecessary deaths caused by disruptions in essential health services,” the WHO director-general added.

The Omicron variant, which was first detected in South Africa on November 24 and has spread to over 100 countries since then, has been blamed for the ferocity with which Covid-19 is spreading once again.

“There is now strong evidence that the Omicron variant is spreading much faster than the Delta variant. People who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 are more likely to be infected or reinfected “Tedros stated.

Africa recorded the fourth-largest number of cases in a single week, according to the WHO chief, after reporting the lowest number of cases in 18 months.

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