(Genève) Face au variant Omicron qui se propage à un rythme inédit, l’OMS a appelé les pays à utiliser tous les outils anti-COVID-19 à disposition pour éviter que les systèmes de santé ne soient rapidement submergés.
« 77 pays ont maintenant signalé des cas d’Omicron, mais la réalité est qu’Omicron se trouve probablement dans la plupart des pays même s’il n’a pas encore été détecté. Omicron se propage à un rythme que nous n’avons jamais vu avec aucun autre variant », a déclaré le directeur général de l’OMS, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, en conférence de presse.
« Nous sommes préoccupés par le fait que les gens considèrent Omicron comme bénin. […] Although Omicron causes less severe symptoms, the number of cases could again plunge unprepared health systems, ”he added.
According to WHO’s event manager Abdi Mahmood, the prevalence of this variation – according to forecast models – is likely to change in most European countries by mid-December, while they are still vulnerable. 5e Infectious wave caused by delta variation.
“Now is the time to act,” he said.
On his side, dR. Bruce Aylward, adviser to the WHO’s chairman, warned: “We have a virus that is still contagious, and we do not know its clinical course.”
At the end of the year holiday, when many families reunite, “we can be in a very dangerous situation”.
There are many uncertainties as to the nature of this new variant that has terrorized the planet since its discovery in November by South Africa.
The two-dose vaccine from the US laboratory Pfizer, which was issued on Tuesday and conducted in this country, is generally less effective against omigran, but protects 70% against severe cases.
Vaccine “Against Inequality”
The WHO leader warned the international community on Tuesday that vaccines alone would not allow any country to emerge from the crisis, and called for the use of all anti-COVID-19 tools such as masks, regular ventilation indoors and respect for restraint. Gestures.
“Do everything. Keep doing it. Do it right, ”he said.
D.R. Tetros noted that the origin of Omigran prompted some countries to offer booster doses throughout their adult life, although “although we have no evidence of boosters’ effectiveness against this variation.”
However, the WHO is concerned that these programs may contribute to the development of COVID-19 vaccines by rich countries, which, as has happened so far, are undermining vaccination in poorer countries.
“I’m very clear: the WHO is not against booster doses. We are against vaccine imbalances, Dr.R. Tetros.
“It simply came to our notice then. […] Giving booster doses to groups at low risk of serious illness or death can be life threatening for those at high risk who are still waiting for their first dose, ”he stressed.
He pointed out that 41 countries have not yet succeeded in vaccinating 10% of the population and 98 countries have not reached the 40% mark.
The WHO wants 40% of each country’s population to be vaccinated by the end of this year and 70% by the middle of 2022.
“If we end inequality, we end the epidemic. If we allow inequality to continue, we allow the epidemic to move forward,” he stressed.