“Tsunami” of cases threatens health systems with “collapse”

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The “tsunami” of COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron and Delta variants is straining health systems, already on the verge of “collapse”, the Organization warned on Wednesday World Health Organization (WHO). & nbsp;

“I am very concerned that the more transmissible Omicron circulating at the same time as Delta is causing a tsunami of cases. This is and will continue to put immense pressure on an exhausted health workforce and health systems on the brink of collapse, ”WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference.

The international organization believes that the Delta and Omicron variants are “twin threats” which increase the number of new cases, causing spikes in hospitalizations and deaths.

The pressure on health systems is not only coming from new patients, but also from the large number of health workers falling ill, Ghebreyesus added.

“Unvaccinated people are running around much more risk of dying from one or the other of these variants ”, he insisted.

The WHO wanted 40% of the world population to be fully vaccinated by now at the end of the year and aims for 70% coverage by mid-2022.

Mr Tedros announced that 92 of WHO's 194 member states would not meet the 40% target by 2021.

“This is due to limited vaccine shipments to low-income countries. income for most of the year as well as subsequent shipment of doses of vaccine near the expiration date, without essential items like syringes, ”he said.

“It's not just a shame, it has cost lives and given the virus the opportunity to circulate unchecked and mutate. Over the coming year, I call on government and industry leaders to walk the talk of vaccine equity, ”urged the WHO chief.

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