- CNM Health Desk
Delta is the most transmissible of the variants identified so far, has been identified in at least 85 countries, and is spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations,says World Health Organization in a virtual press meet.
“As some countries ease public health and social measures, we are starting to see increases in transmission around the world.”-says WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
More cases means more hospitalizations, further stretching health workers and health systems, which increases the risk of death.
As we have said, new variants are expected and will continue to be reported – that’s what viruses do, they evolve – but we can prevent the emergence of variants by preventing transmission.
It’s quite simple: more transmission, more variants. Less transmission, less variants.
That makes it even more urgent that we use all the tools at our disposal to prevent transmission: the tailored and consistent use of public health and social measures, in combination with equitable vaccination.
This is why WHO has been saying for at least a year that vaccines must be distributed equitably, to protect health workers and the most vulnerable.
s meet shared standards for quality of care, whether they are deployed nationally or internationally.
To say more about WHO’s Emergency Medical Teams Initiative, I’m delighted to welcome Ambassador Toni Frisch, the Chair of the Emergency Medical Team Strategic Advisory Group.
Toni Frisch has played a critical role in guiding the EMT Initiative over many years.
Toni, welcome, and you have the floor.