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World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said new forms of the coronavirus “could become completely resistant to current vaccines or to previous infections”. said On Wednesday, he expressed concern about the spread of the Omicron and Delta variants, causing a “tsunami” of new COVID cases.

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The new forms that emerge could “escape our countermeasures” and render current vaccines ineffective against COVID-19 or past infections at protecting people from the virus, he said. said In a press conference, vaccines designed to deal with specific forms may need to be added.

He said he was “extremely” concerned that a “tsunamiNew cases due to spread of Delta and Omicron will be “huge” Pressure exhausted health workers and health systems on the verge of collapse” and disrupts livelihoods.

came as his comment 4.99 million New virus cases were reported globally between December 20-26, up 11% from the previous week, according to the WHO.

As of Wednesday morning, the US broke its seven-day average of new infections, surpassing the previous record in January of nearly 282,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Reiterating his previous statement, the WHO chief said “ending health inequality” is the key to ending the pandemic.

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