WHO estimates 90% of the world have some resistance to Covid: Tedros A. Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned against a new variant while estimating that approximately ninety percent of the world population has some resistance to COVID-19. 

According to international media, Director General WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has warned that gaps in vigilance are leaving space for a new variant of the virus. Ghebreyesus said that the new variant may overtake the “dominant Omicron”. 

“WHO estimates that at least 90% of the world’s population now has some level of immunity to Sars-CoV-2, due to prior infection or vaccination,” said the WHO Chief. 

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Speaking to reporters about the latest Covid-19 situation, the Director General said that although we are “much closer” to being out of the emergency phase, the pandemic is still not over. The chief said, “Gaps in surveillance, testing, sequencing and vaccination are continuing to create the perfect conditions for a new variant”, adding that it may cause “significant mortality”. 

It is pertinent to note that WHO announced Omicron as a variant concern just last year. Since then, it has noticeably been more transmissible in comparison to other variants such as Delta.

Meanwhile, a study of updated Covid-19 vaccination boosters showed last week that vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are expected to provide better protection against the virus. According to the study, over 360,000 people highlighted that the boosters offer “increased protection” against new variants in people who have previously been vaccinated with up to four doses. 

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According to the WHO Chief, more than 500 sub-lineages of the Omicron variant are currently circulating. 

To date, WHO has confirmed approximately 6.6 million deaths by Covid-19 from almost 640 million registered cases, however, WHO believes that this is may very well be a “massive undercount” of the true toll. Just last week, over 8,500 people died due to Covid-19, “which is not acceptable three years into the pandemic”, said the Director General of WHO.

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