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WHO: Omicron, virus still dangerous for unvaccinated people

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that Omicron is still a dangerous virus. The photo shows a press conference held in Geneva, Switzerland on the 20th of last month. © AFP=News1 © News1 Reporter Dongmyeong Woo

Amid the prevailing opinion that Omicron, a new strain of COVID-19, causes mild symptoms, on the 12th (local time), the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said, “Omicron is still a dangerous virus, especially for unvaccinated people.” said.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference today that Omicron causes less serious disease than Delta, but it is still a dangerous virus, especially among those who are not vaccinated.

President Ghebreyesus emphasized that “We should not allow Omicron’s free ride or wave the white flag when many people are not yet vaccinated.”

Such remarks mean that in a situation where Omicron infection is rapidly increasing around the world, the spread should not be neglected, given that the symptoms are mild, or declared ‘with Corona’ in order to harmonize the economy and quarantine and practically should not give up on quarantine. is interpreted as

The analysis that Omicron mainly causes only mild symptoms in countries that experienced the outbreak first, including South Africa, where Omicron was first reported, and the United Kingdom, raised the argument that it would be better to acquire natural immunity from Omicron. situation. This is what the WHO has made.

President Ghebreyesus re-emphasized the fair distribution of vaccines.

“Ninety countries in the world still have not reached the target of 40% coverage, of which 36 countries are less than 10%,” he said. The World Health Organization (WHO) has set a goal of reaching 40% of the world’s population vaccinated by the end of 2021, and raising the vaccination rate to 70% by the middle of this year.

President Ghebreyesus said, “More than 85% of people in Africa have not been vaccinated yet. We cannot end the acute phase of the pandemic unless we close this gap.”

Regarding the preventive effect of the existing vaccine, Omicron said, “It cannot completely prevent transmission, but it is still very effective in preventing death and seriousness.”

“The overwhelming majority of hospitalized patients worldwide (coronavirus) have not been vaccinated,” he said.

“More infections means more hospitalizations and deaths, and more people out of work, including teachers and health care workers,” said Ghebreyesus. “He said.

“The global death toll is steadily increasing at around 50,000 every week,” he said.

“Now is not the time to declare Omicron as a welcome virus,” said Michael Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergency response team.

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