Twitter editorial email
At the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) was on its feet due to delayed responses and poor guidance in responses to the initial outbreak.
The logic of the argument However, his director general that the virus will continue to bring nasty surprises until the vaccine crisis is addressed cannot be denied.
The G20 countries have received 80 percent of the world’s vaccines, said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. This appalling imbalance must now be addressed. In South Africa, where the Omicron variant was identified, the number of cases is expected to triple by the end of the week.
Richer countries are now usually so heavily vaccinated that the possibilities for the virus to produce new mutations are increasingly limited will. It follows that the largest populations of unvaccinated and vulnerable citizens are those who have the greatest chance of Sars-CoV-2 finding a new way to wreak havoc and break through.
Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly’s confirmation that the mutation has most likely arrived on our own shores, suggests that there is yet another game changer to consider.
Until then, we have yet to figure out whether it is more easily transmitted, causes more serious diseases, or what effects it will have on vaccines has.
But in the meantime we have every reason to be deeply concerned. WHO is concerned enough to declare a very high risk of “flare-ups with serious consequences”.
It appears that global vaccine injustice has grown in the most glaring way. As Dr. Tedros put it, we hardly needed another wake-up call. Given the havoc the virus has wreaked, we should have been wide awake by now.
At home, Niac has already agreed that the booster campaign should be extended to everyone over the age of 16. Walk-in clinics are currently only for people over 60 and medical staff.
Be ahead of the day with the morning headlines at 7.30am and Fionnán Sheahan’s exclusive version of the daily news every afternoon with our free daily newsletter.
Enter your email address
This field is required
However, as vaccines become increasingly less effective, what needs to be done to expand and accelerate this adoption must be addressed immediately. When positive cases are discovered, improved contact tracking and sequencing is also essential. But despite the terrible losses and sacrifices, the last 20 months have also been marked by remarkable achievements.
Science has made enormous strides. Pfizer says it can deliver a vaccine that counteracts the new variant within 100 days of sequencing.
But the same lessons are coming home around the world. The longer it takes to vaccinate populations, the faster we will go through the Greek alphabet with new variants. The only way to mitigate this is to vaccinate more people faster.
There is no getting around the well-known range of detection and mitigation measures – mask requirements in public places, distance and hygiene protocols.
But above all, we need to respond collectively. As other countries have shown with gloomy certainty, “waiting” is a lost strategy.
A Mediahuis website