Speaking during an interview, Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead at the World Health Organization (WHO), warned that the world was facing a “tsunami of Covid infections” due to the joint spread of Delta and Omicron.
Van Kerkhove, in an article that was published in Spanish newspaper El Pais on Tuesday, expressed concerns about the fact that only vaccination would be sufficient to stop the spread of these highly transmissible Covid viruses.
“I think we are facing a tsunami of infections in the world, both Delta and Omicron,” Van Kerkhove stated.
It is insufficient to vaccinate everyone. Although vaccination prevents severe illness and death but doesn’t completely eliminate infections,
Van Kerkhove warned, citing Europe’s high vaccination rate. “It is expected that Omicron will manage to escape, to some extent, from the immune response.”
Urging governments to preemptively respond to the risk posed by new coronavirus strains, she said they shouldn’t wait for an increase in hospitalizations before acting, as existing variants are already “wreaking havoc.”
Van Kerkhove, expressing her concern about Omicron’s potential impact on Omicron, acknowledged that Omicron was not yet available in the WHO. “very limited information,”However, “we must still be cautious if we are to stamp out the virus in 2022.”
“We need to reduce transmission to low levels, avoid serious illness with vaccination, and achieve early treatment. 2022 has to be the year we do it,”Her warning was that the pandemic might drag on, she said.
It has been spread to 60 countries since its debut in November. It poses a risk to human health, according to the WHO. “very high”Global risk and what it could mean “severe consequences” in some regions of the world.