WHO chief warns ‘variables are currently winning the race against vaccines’ as Delta spreads
On the same day the world reached 4 million COVID-19 death cases, World Health Organization President Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that variables are causing a “death wave” in some parts of the world with less access to Vaccines.
Variants are currently winning the race against vaccines due to uneven production and distribution of the vaccine. Gebresos said Wednesday at its bi-weekly conference in Geneva. “It didn’t have to be this way and it doesn’t have to be this way to move forward.”
Ghebreyesus called on the economic leaders of the Group of Twenty, who are due to meet this week, to work together to provide vaccines and other health tools for less developed countries.
“Nationalism against vaccines, with a handful of countries taking the lion’s share, is morally untenable,” Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. “At this point in the pandemic, the fact that millions of health and care workers have not yet been vaccinated is repugnant.”
Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical chief on COVID-19, noted that the delta variant, which started in India, has now been detected in 104 countries.
“The delta variant has more portability than the alpha variant,” Van Kerkhove said on Wednesday. “If this virus spreads, it will spread.”
The Delta type became the dominant breed in the United States on Wednesday, as it is responsible for 51.7% of new cases, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
In some states, the delta variant is more dominant. The deputy director of the state health department said this week that it is currently responsible for 80% of cases in Utah, which has averaged nearly 400 new cases per day over the past week, nearly twice the number of cases in the state in early June. In Missouri, the delta variable is responsible for 73.3% of new cases, according to the CDC.
While the prevalence of the delta variant is alarming, all three vaccines approved for emergency use in the United States appear to protect people from it.
The Biden administration is now pressing ahead with a new “door-to-door” vaccination campaign after it failed to meet its July 4th goal of vaccinating 70% of the population.
“We need to go from community to community, neighborhood after neighborhood, and often door to door, literally knocking on doors,” Biden said Tuesday of his administration’s new vaccination plan. provoked a violent reaction from some conservative lawmakers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 67.2% of American adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 58.4% They were fully vaccinated as of Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.