The director of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday asked member states a rational and proportional response versus omicron, the new variant of the coronavirus which has been generating panic for several days.
«The global response must be calm, coordinated and coherent«, Defended Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a meeting of information on this new variant in the headquarters of the Organization of the UN, in Geneva.
«I understand the concern of all countries to protect their citizens against a variant that we still don’t understand perfectly. But I am also concerned about the fact that several Member States are putting in place general and brutal measures that are neither based on evidence nor effective in themselves, and that will only exacerbate inequalities, ‘he said.
‘We ask all Member States to take a rrational response and proportional to risk, according to the International Health Regulations “, the legal instrument of reference for WHO and the countries that are part of it, he added.
“We still have more questions than answers” about omicron, said the WHO.
He also stressed that one should not be surprised by the fact that the virus evolves. “It’s what viruses do,” he insisted.
«The more we let the pandemic last forever, without remedying inequalities in terms of access to vaccines or not by implementing social and public health measures in an adapted and coherent way, we will be giving the virus more possibilities to mutate in a way that we can neither anticipate nor prevent, “said Tedros.
The new variant
The new strain was initially detected in South Africa last week but has already spread to all continents. This led many countries to suspend your air connections with southern Africa, to introduce prevention devices and, in the case of nations with the largest stocks of covid-19 vaccines, to urge the population to inject a booster dose.
Tedros thanked “Botswana and South Africa for detecting, sequencing and warning of this variant so quickly.” It also declared itself deeply concerned that these countries are penalized for do what they had to.