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It is not certain that Omicron is the last alternative

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Monday before the start of the organization’s executive committee meeting in Geneva, that the health emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic may end this year, and the acute phase of the epidemic may end.

This requires countries to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccines, to continue to monitor the functioning of the virus and its variants, and to introduce restrictive measures as appropriate.

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However, the Director-General of the World Health Organization also warned that

It would be dangerous to think that the omicron will be the last alternative, since the conditions in the world at the moment are only ideal for the emergence of newer and more rapidly spreading versions.

For weeks, Gebreos has been asking WHO member states to speed up the delivery of vaccines to poor countries so that by the middle of the year they could vaccinate 70 percent of the population everywhere. Nearly half of the 194 member states have failed to meet the target of 40% of the population receiving coronavirus vaccines by the end of 2021.

Due to the emergence of the omicron variant, the number of newly recorded infections worldwide has jumped. The director-general of the World Health Organization said the explosion had not yet been followed by a similar increase in deaths, although deaths were rising in all regions, particularly in Africa, where people do not get vaccinated.

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