With a transmission rate of 60% higher than that of the original virus and its mutagenic potential, it is the largest transmission force, making it a very dangerous variant, according to the UN. Those in charge of the health agency say it warns countries to keep low vaccination rates, even if no country is safe, especially with the check rate.
“It is deteriorating due to many types of communication such as delta, which is rapidly dominating many countries. We are in the most dangerous period of this COVID-19 epidemic,” said the Director-General of the World Health Organization.
The delta variant, initially detected in India and capable of transmitting 60 times more than the original virus, is already present in 98 countries. Its potential for mutation is also of great concern.
“The delta is dangerous, and it is constantly evolving, and needs to be continuously evaluated and the public health response carefully adjusted,” said Dr. Tetros Adanom Caprais.
“In countries with low COVID-19 vaccine coverage, the horrific scenes of overcrowded hospitals are once again,” he said, but “so far no country is out of the woods.”
For his part, Sammia Swaminathan, scientific director of the organization, explained that in the presence of infectious diseases, it is important that the second dose of the vaccine be given at the recommended time, because the complete vaccination schedule gives the largest degree of the program.
Meanwhile, Dr. Maria van Kerkov, an epidemiologist who responds to the corona virus in the company, recalled that the virus has been evolving since it first appeared.
“It simply came to our notice then. There are four types of anxiety that we currently observe: alpha, beta, gamma and delta. They will continue to grow: there will be more mutations, more variations will be detected, some of which will be worrying variations, ”he predicted.
Van Kerkov said there were “hereditaries” of the delta variant, which experts are currently discovering, and urged countries to expand their genetic sequencing efforts.
Two ways to deal with infection and variation
Tetros stressed that there are two ways countries can deal with the emergence of new waves and the increase in events.
On the one hand, maintain social and public health practices such as strong transmission monitoring, strategic testing, early case detection, isolation or isolation and medical care. This should include wearing a mask, respecting social distance, avoiding crowded places and achieving good ventilation in closed areas.
Second, the equitable distribution of safety equipment, oxygen, tests, treatments and vaccines across countries.
“At this time next year, I urge leaders around the world to work together to ensure that 70% of the population in all countries is vaccinated. Tetros explained.
The World Health Organization has asked leaders to vaccinate at least 10% of all countries by the end of September.
It’s a challenge, but it’s possible
According to Tetros, ensuring this would effectively end the acute phase of the epidemic and save a significant number of lives.
“It’s a challenge, but we know it’s possible because 3 billion vaccines have already been distributed.
Although some vaccines are now being shared, it’s still a “one drop drug” and there are more types than that.
“In countries where hospitals are overcrowded, they now need vaccines and other health equipment,” he stressed.
Businesses also need to speed up their efforts
UN to share knowledge and technology to accelerate growth of new MRNA vaccine production centers The healthcare company emphasizes biotech, Pfizer and Moderna.
“Soon we will begin to build more vaccination centers and increase global vaccine capacity, which will soon be able to reduce the deadly waves,” said the head of the World Health Organization.
From its regional offices, the World Health Organization is currently promoting the idea of vaccine efficacy studies and working with countries to obtain data to assure the public that vaccines may be effective against future types.
In this regard, more data has been collected on the efficacy of Pfizer-Biotech and AstraZeneca injections, but it is far inferior to other vaccines in use, said Sammia Swaminathan.
“The good news now is that all vaccines listed for WHO emergency use protect against the development of serious illness, hospitalization and death due to delta variation,” he explained in a recent WHO video interview.
Dr. Swaminathan recalled that vaccination was necessary to provide full immunity against delta variability.
“None of the vaccines we currently have are 100% safe. So even if you are vaccinated, you can still get the infection, but most likely you have no mild signs or symptoms and the chances of getting seriously ill are very low,” he explained.
The world is not ready yet
Van Kerkov, for his part, commented that despite the current epidemic, little has been done to prevent the next.
“What worries me the most is that we are not using this situation to make the necessary changes (to be better prepared for the next one). If we wait until the epidemic is over, we (…) will not need to invest much in health around the world,” he said.
Switzerland / ONU Announcements (05.07.2021)