The World Health Organisation (WHO) has sounded an alert to Africa over being the next region in the world to prepared to see an impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an online media briefing from WHO Geneva office, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO, expressed, “The steep increase in Africa is especially concerning because it is the region with the least access to vaccines, diagnostics, and oxygen.”
Dr. Tedros further added, “A recent study in the Lancet showed Africa has the highest global mortality rate among critically ill COVID-19 patients, despite having fewer reported cases than most other regions.”
Further informing the media, the WHO Director-General stated that available evidence suggests new variants have substantially increased transmission globally. That means the risks have increased for people who are not protected, which is most of the world’s population. “Right now, the virus is moving faster than the global distribution of vaccines,” opined Dr. Tedros.