WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that there remains a lot of uncertainty about how contagious and serious the oomicron variant undergoing extremely rapid mutation can be.
Tedros was addressing a special online session of the United Nations Health Agency member states at the World Health Assembly. The aim of this meeting is to prepare a global action plan towards prevention and combating of future pandemics.
Calling for a legally binding agreement, the WHO chief said, “The oomycron nature of the virus underscores how risky and precarious our situation is.” In fact, Omicron shows why the world needs a new agreement on the pandemic.
He said that South Africa and Botswana – where the redesign was discovered – should be praised for their work, not “punished” for it.
AP Shafiq Shahid