Trump Endorses Covid Boosters: Coronavirus Live Updates

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The World Health Organization has urged countries not to let go of their guard against the coronavirus pandemic, simply because the Omicron variant tends not to cause hospitalizations and death as often as previous variants.

“We must not let this virus circulate freely, nor wave the white flag, especially when so many people in the world are not vaccinated,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said on Wednesday. health, during a press conference. in Geneva.

Since Omicron was first detected in late November, it has scoured the planet, even surpassing some of the best tracking efforts. The daily average of new known global cases has set records every day since the start of the year, as much of the world remains unvaccinated. Over the past week, a staggering average of 2.6 million new cases per day have been reported and the world has surpassed 300 million known cases, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

These numbers are surely underestimated, given the lack of access to testing and the fact that home test results are often not always officially released. In addition, some public health experts – such as Dr.Anthony S. Fauci, the U.S. government’s foremost infectious disease expert – are urging less emphasis on the number of cases and more focus on the number of cases. hospitalizations.

“Let’s be clear: although Omicron causes less severe disease than Delta, it remains a dangerous virus, especially for those who are not vaccinated,” said Dr Tedros. Referring to the recent global toll of the pandemic, he said: “Almost 50,000 deaths per week is 50,000 deaths too many. Learning to live with this virus does not mean that we can, or must, accept this number of deaths. “

In some countries, the surge in new cases has led to new curfews, closures and restrictions, as well as discussions about the need to make vaccinations and reminders mandatory. But many other countries have not changed course significantly, and some are finding that new virus control measures cannot overcome strong political opposition.

The French government said on Wednesday it would keep the country open despite record-breaking virus cases, growing public frustration over testing protocols in schools and the threat of teachers’ strikes for Covid safety.

Germany’s new coalition government has postponed parliamentary debate on a draft national vaccine mandate, after large protests in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Magdeburg and rallies in many other cities against pandemic measures imposed to slow the spread of the disease. Omicron variant.

Indian leaders have offered mixed messages by staging crowded political rallies while ordering curfews and business closures. Australia recently relaxed its isolation rules to reduce labor shortages and pressure on testing facilities.

And in the United States, a group of health experts who advised President Biden’s transition team last week published a series of articles calling on the White House to reset its response to Covid in a way that would recognize the “new normal” of living with the virus indefinitely.

Globally, however, about 72 percent of the shots that have been used by guns have been administered in high and upper middle-income countries, according to the University of Oxford’s Our World in Data project. Only 1 percent of doses were given in low-income countries.

“A big part of the problem is that we’ve made it twice as difficult, if not three times as difficult, for low-income countries, many of them, to be able to achieve high coverage.” Dr Bruce Aylward, a senior WHO advisor, said at the press conference.

Dr Aylward said rich countries have been slow and stingy in sharing vaccines and other vital supplies with the rest of the world. “What we shared was a lot of misinformation,” he said.

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