WHO's Tedros concerned about ‘tsunami of cases’ from COVID-19 variants

World Materials 30 December 2021 01:17 (UTC +04:00)

The simultaneous circulation of the delta and omicron variants of the coronavirus is creating a “tsunami of cases”, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news briefing on Wednesday, Trend reports citing Al Arabiya.

“Delta and omicron are now twin threats driving up cases to record numbers, leading to spikes in hospitalization and deaths,” said Tedros.

“I am highly concerned that omicron, being highly transmissible and spreading at the same time as Delta, is leading to a tsunami of cases.”

Tedros repeated his call for countries to share vaccines more equitably and warned that the emphasis on boosters in richer countries could leave poorer nations short of jabs.

He said the WHO was campaigning for every country to hit a target of 70 percent vaccine coverage by the middle of 2022, which would help end the acute phase of the pandemic.