The World Health Organisation has alerted that variants of COVID-19 is spreading faster than the global vaccine rollout, noting that except prompt actions are taken the world could be overwhelmed by the pandemic.
According to the WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the highly contagious Delta variant first identified in India, is “outpacing” vaccinations, Business Insider reported.
Leaders around the world, the WHO DG said, must urgently intensify efforts to ensure the availability of vaccines to curb not just the Delta variant but also stop COVID-19 from further mutations.
“The Delta variant is dangerous and is continuing to evolve and mutate, which requires constant evaluation and careful adjustment of the public health response.
“Delta has been detected in at least 98 countries and is spreading quickly in countries with low and high vaccination coverage. “Widespread vaccination is the best way to slow the pandemic, save lives and drive a truly global economic recovery, and along the way prevent further dangerous variants from getting the upper hand,” Ghebreyesus said.