The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday warned the world about the upcoming global third wave of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and even suggested that the world is already in the early stage of the third wave.
“Unfortunately…we are now in the early stages of a third wave,” he said.
The WHO head also said that the Delta Variant’s spread, coupled with increased social mobility and inconsistent use of public health measures is leading to an increase in Covid-19 cases and the number of covid related deaths throughout the globe.
He also emphasized that the earlier decrease in cases was due to rapid vaccination in North America and Europe but now even the rate of vaccination is decreasing.
He added, “The Delta variant is now in more than 111 countries and we expect it to soon be the dominant covid-19 strain circulating worldwide if it isn’t already”.
Last week saw the fourth consecutive week of rising cases of covid-19 globally in all of the 6 regions of WHO barring one. WHO also noted the deaths have been increasing after 10 weeks of steady decline, which is a concerning thing.
Recently WHO issued guidance which stated that vaccination against covid-19 is important but that alone will not stop the pandemic and countries need to undertake a comprehensive risk management approach to mass gatherings.
WHO has time to time highlighted the need for a global vaccination push emphasized on the goal that every nation must vaccinate at least 10% of the population by September 2021, at least 40% by the end of 2021 and at least 70% by mid 2022.
WHO chief Tedros also drew the attention of the Emergency Committee on Covid-19 towards the fact that there is an ongoing shocking disparity in the global distribution of Vaccination as well as unfair and unequal access to life saving medicine and equipment.
Meanwhile the active cases in India have been on decline for the last one month but the rate of vaccination has also slowly been decreasing.