The head of the World Health organization recently warned that the global pandemic has not come to an end despite high vaccination rates in some countries. The WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a news conference that inhabitants of some countries with the highest vaccination rates believe that the pandemic is over, while others are experiencing massive waves of infection.
He warned that the pandemic is a long way from over. It will not come to an end until it is over everywhere. Tedros made these comments four days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its public health guidance and announced that people who have been fully vaccinated do not need to wear a face mask or stay six feet away from others, whether they are indoors or outdoors.
It is for the first time that the federal government has asked people that they can stop wearing masks since the CDC had urged everyone to opt for face coverings more than a year ago. Some doctors are of the opinion that as per the new guidelines, only vaccinated people can go mask less.
The United States has witnessed a decline in new covid cases as more Americans are getting vaccinated. The country reported 33,200 new daily infections as of Sunday, which is 19% lesser than from a week earlier. As per the data comp0lied by the CDC, around 213 million Americans are fully vaccinated.
However, other countries are experiencing a massive surge in covid cases. For example, according to data, India is experiencing a seven-day average of about 328,900 cases per day. There is a 15% reduction in cases in the country in comparison to last week, but still the number of cases is alarming.
Tedros stated that the WHO is taking necessary steps to tackle with the growing number of covid cases in India and other hot spots around the world. He said that it is essential for the WHO to obtain immediate funding spot ha t it can deliver technical and operational support to all the countries, especially the ones who have been deeply impacted by the pandemic.