Speaking at the 138th session of the International Olympic Committee, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that a new strain of coronavirus may appear in the world, which will be even more dangerous than the Delta variant.
He warned during the broadcast that was shown on the IOC website that the increased number of variants will also increase the likelihood that one of them will evade vaccines and take the world back to square one.
Ghebreyesus is seeing the Covid-19 pandemic is a test the global community is failing to cope with and this can lead to the further spread of the infection around the world. He is convinced that the lack of real political commitments is the reason why the world is still unable to tackle the pandemic despite having all the necessary instruments.
He pointed that the governments of G20 countries, in particular, must show leadership to save lives and believes that world’s leading economies could bring the pandemic under control globally in a matter of months if they choose to by sharing vaccines through COVAX, funding the ACT Accelerator and incentivizing manufacturers to scale up production.
During the speech, he pointed that the main goal of WHO in the fight against Covid-19 is to have 70 percent of the population vaccinated in every country of the world by September 2022, but in order to accomplish this, 11 billion doses of preventive drugs will be needed.
The risk of new strains of coronavirus, which will become more dangerous and more contagious, was previously emphasized by the WHO Emergency Committee, pointing that it will be more difficult to control them and that the pathogen continues to mutate.
Recently, it became known about the occurrence of the delta-plus strain.