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WHO chief warns of another new wave of global pandemic

TOKYO: The world is in the early stages of another wave of Covid-19 infections and death, World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday, reported CNBC.

Speaking to International Olympic Committee members here, Tedros said the global failure to share vaccines, tests and treatments is fueling a “two-track pandemic.” Countries that have adequate resources like vaccines are opening up, while others are locking down in a bid to slow the virus’ transmission.
Vaccine discrepancies around the world are masking a “horrifying injustice,” he added.

“This is not just a moral outrage, it’s also epidemiologically and economically self-defeating,” Tedros said, adding that the longer the pandemic drags on, the more socioeconomic turmoil it will bring. “The pandemic is a test and the world is failing.”

He warned that “19 months into the pandemic, and seven months since the first vaccines were approved, we are now in the early stages of another wave of infections and deaths.”

Tedros added that the global threat of the pandemic will remain until all countries have a handle on the disease.

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