Covid-19: the risk of emergence of new variants is real, alerts the WHO

The Delta variant, which has spread massively to the point of becoming the variant with the highest number of contaminations, could in turn, one day, be replaced by a new variant, perhaps more contagious and even more deadly, puts warns the World Health Organization (WHO).

Covid-19: variant surveillance is of paramount importance, according to WHO

Despite national and international efforts, the Covid-19 epidemic is far from over. It continues with four variants ” disturbing ” at the World level. And the complexity of the situation does not end there: the emergence and spread of new, possibly more contagious and even more deadly variants, which would be even more difficult to control, is a very real scenario, warns the Emergency Committee for International Health Regulation of the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 15, 2021.

The organization calls on governments to monitor more closely the different variants present on their territory, in order to quickly identify any new emerging variant, to be able to study it and assess its dangerousness. Countries with sufficient technological capacity in this area are invited to share their equipment and know-how with those that do not.

WHO wants at least 10% of people in each country to be vaccinated by the start of the 2021 school year

The WHO continues to believe that vaccination as quickly as possible of as many people as possible on the planet is of the utmost importance to tackle Covid-19. The slowness of vaccination generates consequences which are not only of the order of public health. ” Countries with limited access to vaccines face new waves of contaminations, erosion of public trust and resistance from populations to restrictions, widespread poverty and, in some cases, sling. social “Warns the WHO.

The organization therefore calls on governments to accelerate vaccination, so that, in each country of the world, at least 10% of the population is vaccinated by September 2021. WHO calls on countries that have already vaccinated their priority populations to share the doses available to them with countries with limited access to vaccines, before extending vaccination to the entire population.