As the masks come off vaccinated Americans in the United States and vaccination rates are rising in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization is concerned that people may start to think the pandemic is over and has issued a warning to remind them that the pandemic is far away to finish.
“There is a huge disconnect that grows that in some countries with the highest vaccination rates, there seems to be a mentality that the pandemic is over, while others are experiencing huge waves of infections,” the director said. WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, press conference Monday.
Ghebreyesus said the pandemic “is far from over” and that “it will not end anywhere until it ends everywhere.”
The WHO warning comes just four days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed it mask guidelines for Americans who are completely vaccinated. On Thursday, the agency said fully vaccinated people could go indoors and outdoors, in most places, without bringing any. mask.
The CDC also said fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to distance themselves socially in most settings, as they arrive more than a year after the agency issued a recommendation to people to wear facial coatings during the COVID crisis.
The news of the setback of face mask requirements for fully vaccinated Americans is already here 123.2 million people they have been vaccinated since Monday, representing 37.1% of the country’s population.
The number of new positive daily cases of COVID has also been reduced, with the notification of some 33,200 new infections, based on an average of seven days based on data from Johns Hopkins University. To date, the United States has reported more than 32.9 million positive coronavirus cases, with more than 586,000 deaths from COVID-19.
But Tedros warned that “even some sites that have previously been very good at containing COVID-19 are experiencing a dramatic increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
“New variants of concern, fragile health systems, reduced implementation of public health measures and shortages of oxygen, dexamethasone and vaccine supply are exacerbating the current situation.”
Tedros called on vaccine manufacturers to provide more doses to vaccinate the world’s adult population as quickly as possible, recognizing that the pandemic is a global problem. He also called on high-income countries to share the supply of vaccines.
He added: “No one is safe until we are all safe.”