The world is at the beginning of a new wave of pandemic coronavirus. This was announced by WHO director general Tedros Adanom Gebreyesus.
“We are now in the early stages of the third wave,” Gebreyesus said.
Worldwide morbidity and mortality from the coronavirus rose last week. In doing so, the number of deaths rose for the first time after declining for the previous ten weeks.
“The Delta variant is a major factor in the current increase in transmission rates, fueled by increased social contact and mobility, as well as inconsistent application of proven health and social measures,” Gebreyesus added.
He recalled that the delta strain “is now present in more than 111 countries,” so WHO expects it will soon become the dominant strain circulating worldwide, if not already.
In addition, Gebreyesus called the disparity in access to vaccines for the coronavirus in the world shocking, most of the world’s population is completely dependent on the virus because of the lack of such access, many countries still have not received any vaccines,” and most nations have not received sufficient quantities.
For its part, the COVAX vaccine access mechanism, says the WHO chief, may be working, but its scale is still too small, with only just over 100 million doses shipped so far.