WHO urges action to suppress virus before deadlier variants emerge

The World Health Organization (WHO) wants every country to have vaccinated at least 10 percent of its population by the end of September; at least 40 percent by the end of this year, and 70 percent by the middle of 2022. The Delta variant of Covid-19 is a warning to the world to suppress the virus rapidly before it mutates once more into one thing even worse, the WHO mentioned Friday.

The highly-transmissible variant, first detected in India, has now surfaced in 132 nations and territories, the World Health Organization mentioned. “Delta is a warning: it’s a warning that the virus is evolving but it is also a call to action that we need to move now before more dangerous variants emerge,” the WHO’s emergencies director Michael Ryan instructed a press convention. So far, four variants of concern have emerged — and there will be more as long as the virus continues to spread.” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned that on common, infections elevated by 80 p.c over the previous 4 weeks in 5 of the six WHO areas. The UN health agency has consistently called for vaccines to be distributed evenly around the world and has branded the drastic imbalance a “moral outrage”. More than four billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have now been administered globally, according to an AFP count. In countries categorised as high income by the World Bank, 98 doses per 100 people have been injected. That figure drops to 1.6 per 100 in the 29 lowest-income countries.