WHO warns that the second year of the coronavirus pandemic is "much more deadly" than the first

This Friday, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the pandemic from coronavirus it is causing more deaths in 2021 than in its first year. During the meeting, vaccines in children and the use of masks were also discussed.

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For his part, the director of OMS, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called on countries not to yet vaccinate children and adolescents against the COVID-19 and that they allocate those doses to the system Covax, created so that countries with fewer resources have access to vaccination.

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I understand that some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents, but I urge you to reconsider and give Covax vaccines“Said the head of the WHO, warning that, At the current rate of spread of the coronavirus, the second year of the pandemic will be “much more deadly“That the first.

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Tedros has repeatedly denounced the objective of the most developed countries to vaccinate the majority of their respective populations as soon as possible, without taking into account that minors are very unlikely to fall ill from the disease. COVID-19, and neither to infect it.

Instead, countries like India, Nepal or Sri Lanka suffer explosive contagion rates, Tedros recalled.

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The Covax program, which the WHO manages together with private funds, ran out of much of the vaccine supply it expected in the second quarter of the year, because countries like India, which manufactures most of the mechanism’s vaccines, decided to ban the vaccines. exports.

Until when will we use masks?

WHO experts pointed out that the abandonment of mandatory masks in a country does not only depend on the level of vaccination against COVID-19 that it has reached, in response to the decision in the United States to allow those already vaccinated to stop using them.

With high percentages of vaccination, there should be low levels of community infections, but there is a transition period as immunizations increase and transmission is reduced”, Said the director of Health Emergencies of the WHO, Mike Ryan, at a press conference.

Although he did not directly criticize the measure in the US, the Irish expert stressed that “maintaining public safety measures while vaccinating as much as possible puts countries in a better position to tell their citizens that they no longer have to wear a mask”.

Each country must consider the two variables, health coverage and local incidence, when changing the measures”, Summarized the WHO advisor for COVID-19, Bruce Aylward.

The head of the WHO anticovid technical cell, Maria Van KerkhoveHe added that it has not always been necessary to reach high percentages of vaccination to abandon masks if transmission in a country is already low before, and gave the example of nations such as Australia or New Zealand.

New recommendations from US federal authorities issued this Thursday indicate that the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country can go without a mask most of the time, even in closed spaces or with a large group of people.

With information from AFP and EFE.

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