WHO warns people infected with Delta variant despite being vaccinated, do not show symptoms

WHO: People who get enough vaccines reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others

The fact that people get enough Covid-19 vaccine but still contract the Delta variant, medical experts explain the vaccines are effective in protecting most people from becoming seriously ill or dying.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo: AFP

“There are many reports that of those vaccinated there are still cases of Covid-19 infection, especially infection with the Delta variant,” said Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO) at a press conference on July 12.

“Most of these cases are mild or asymptomatic,” said Soumya Swaminathan. However, this WHO expert said that the number of hospital admissions because of Covid-19 is increasing in some parts of the world, mainly in places where vaccination rates are low and where the Delta variant is spreading fast.

In the United States, officials say that almost all recent hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 have fallen into unvaccinated people.

The likelihood of a spike in Covid-19 infections is very low, about 75% of people who die or are hospitalized with Covid-19 after being vaccinated are over 65 years old, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. American disease.

“The Delta variant is raging around the world at an alarming rate, causing the number of new infections and deaths to skyrocket. However, the effects are not equal everywhere,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

“We are in the midst of an increasingly pronounced two-way pandemic, occurring in both rich and poor countries, and between these countries there are growing disparities in vaccination coverage,” said WHO Director-General. .

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus assessed that the Delta variant is spreading rapidly and infecting the unprotected and vulnerable.

Meanwhile, WHO chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, warned that people who have been vaccinated can still become infected with Covid-19 and transmit the disease to others. That’s why WHO officials are urging people to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“But it certainly (vaccines) significantly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death,” said Soumya Swaminathan.

Several recent studies have shown that people infected with Covid-19 after being vaccinated produce less virus than those who have not been vaccinated, thus reducing the risk of transmitting the virus to others. In this regard, WHO experts believe that more studies are needed to evaluate the impact of vaccines on the ability of the virus to spread.