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New corona variants expected; we can prevent them by preventing more transmission: WHO 

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo: WHO/Jean Germain

Geneva, June 26 (MNN) WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Saturday that new variants of the coronavirus were expected in the future and will continue to be reported, but the world can prevent their emergence by preventing more transmission.

“It’s quite simple: More transmission, more variants. Less transmission, less variants.

“That makes it even more urgent that we use all the tools at our disposal to prevent transmission: the tailored and consistent use of public health and social measures, in combination with equitable vaccination,” the World Health Organisation head told a press conference.

Dr Tedros pointed out that there was a lot of concern globally about the Delta variant, and the WHO too was concerned.

“Delta is the most transmissible of the variants identified so far, has been identified in at least 85 countries, and is spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations. As some countries ease public health and social measures, we are starting to see increases in transmission around the world.”

He said that more cases means more hospitalisations, further stretching health workers and health systems, which increases the risk of death.

“This is why WHO has been saying for at least a year that vaccines must be distributed equitably, to protect health workers and the most vulnerable.”

The WHO has said that over 2.6 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally. As of June 23, a total of 26,24,733,776 vaccine doses have been given.

As of 4.12pm CEST on June 25, there have been 17,96,86,071 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the world, including 38,99,172 deaths reported to WHO.

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