New, dangerous COVID sub-variant could emerge anytime: Dr Tedros
New, dangerous COVID sub-variant could emerge anytime: Dr Tedros

Director-General of the World Health Organisation – (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, sharing information on the COVID pandemic, stated that the testing pace and vaccination rate are still not enough, though there is a decline in the death rate and infection rate.

“Globally, the number of reported COVID cases and deaths continues to decline. This is clearly a very encouraging trend. Increasing vaccination rates are saving lives, but WHO continues to urge caution. Globally, there is not enough testing and not enough COVID vaccination. On average rate, about 3/4 of the health workers and people above the age of 60, globally have been vaccinated”, Dr Tedros added.

“But these rates are lower in the low-income countries. Almost 18 months since the first vaccine was administered”.

Dr Tedros further informed that there are still 68 countries that have not been successful in achieving the 40% vaccination rate coverage.

“Vaccine supply is now sufficient, but demand in many countries with the lowest vaccination rate is lacking. WHO and our partners are working with the countries to drive uptake by getting vaccines to the areas where people are, that is via – mobile units, door-to-door campaigns and by mobilizing community leaders”, he added.

As per the data, at least 7,000 people last week died due to the COVID-19 virus. Dr Tedros further warned that a new and more dangerous variant of the mutant could emerge at any time.

“The pandemic is not over yet, and we will keep saying it until it is over”.

Globally, there are a total of 5,222,577 327 individuals who are partially vaccinated by taking their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, representing 67% of the world population.

On the other hand, only 61.2% of the global population is fully immunized against COVID-19 even after two years, the official statistics state.