Scientists reveal the reason for the emergence of “Omicron”: they made a promise and did not fulfill it

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Director of the Wellcome Trust: The changes are a reminder that the epidemic is not over yet

A number of scientists and health experts around the world attributed the emergence of the new mutant of the Corona virus “Omicron” to the reluctance to receive vaccines, and the inequality in their distribution among the countries of the world, as many rich countries stockpiled vaccines, and did not fulfill the promises they made to share doses with countries. developing and poor.
According to CNN, the World Health Organization indicated that only 7.5 percent of people in low-income countries received at least one dose of the Corona virus vaccine, compared to 63.9 percent of people in high-income countries.

The emergence of new variants was “a natural consequence of the slow pace of global vaccination,” said Michael Head, a global health researcher at the University of Southampton.

He added, “We still have a large number of unvaccinated populations, as is the case in Africa, and this makes these areas fertile ground for outbreaks of disease and the emergence of new variants significantly.”

And “Head” added: “The new variants of the virus that caused problems in the past all emerged from places that witnessed large, uncontrolled outbreaks, such as the alpha variant that was discovered in the United Kingdom last December, or the delta variant that was discovered in India in February. “.

He continued, “People’s reluctance to receive the vaccine, along with the wealthy countries stockpiling doses that exceed what they actually need, are the main reason for the exacerbation of the current crisis.”

For his part, Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, a health research charity, said the emergence of “Omicron” underscores the world’s need for a fair distribution of vaccines and other public health tools.

He wrote on Twitter: “The new variables are a reminder to us that the epidemic is not over yet. Inequality will perpetuate the epidemic.”

In turn, Gordon Brown, WHO’s ambassador for global health financing and former British Prime Minister, said: “The world’s failure to provide vaccines to the citizens of the developing world has devastating effects that haunt us.”

He added, “In the absence of mass vaccination, (Corona) does not only spread unimpeded among unvaccinated people, but it mutates, and it appeared in the form of new variables that spread from the poorest countries to the richest countries in the world.”

“Rich countries’ reaction to the news that South African scientists had discovered a new variant (Omicron) was an example of their selfishness,” said Dr. Richard Lessels, an infectious disease specialist at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

“What I found really disgusting and disturbing was the lack of interest in rich countries in providing any support to African countries to help them control the epidemic,” he added.

Health experts believe that the “Omicron” mutant could be more transmissible, and that vaccines may be less effective against it.

Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper indicated that as long as scientists expected that the world will witness the emergence of several variables of the Corona virus on an ongoing basis.

And when, last Thursday, South Africa’s Minister of Health announced the discovery in the country, it was taken as the strongest reminder yet that the epidemic is far from over.

In the first hours following the announcement by the Minister of Health in South Africa of the discovery of the new “Omicron” mutant, and the possibility of its rapid spread; Several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have banned travel from South Africa and neighboring African countries.

Scientists reveal the reason for the emergence of “Omicron”: they made a promise and did not fulfill it

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A number of scientists and health experts around the world attributed the emergence of the new mutant of the Corona virus “Omicron” to the reluctance to receive vaccines, and the inequality in their distribution among the countries of the world, as many rich countries stockpiled vaccines, and did not fulfill the promises they made to share doses with countries. developing and poor.
According to CNN, the World Health Organization indicated that only 7.5 percent of people in low-income countries received at least one dose of the Corona virus vaccine, compared to 63.9 percent of people in high-income countries.

The emergence of new variants was “a natural consequence of the slow pace of global vaccination,” said Michael Head, a global health researcher at the University of Southampton.

He added, “We still have a large number of unvaccinated populations, as is the case in Africa, and this makes these areas fertile ground for outbreaks of disease and the emergence of new variants significantly.”

And “Head” added: “The new variants of the virus that caused problems in the past all emerged from places that witnessed large, uncontrolled outbreaks, such as the alpha variant that was discovered in the United Kingdom last December, or the delta variant that was discovered in India in February. “.

He continued, “People’s reluctance to receive the vaccine, along with the wealthy countries stockpiling doses that exceed what they actually need, are the main reason for the exacerbation of the current crisis.”

For his part, Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, a health research charity, said the emergence of “Omicron” underscores the world’s need for a fair distribution of vaccines and other public health tools.

He wrote on Twitter: “The new variables are a reminder to us that the epidemic is not over yet. Inequality will perpetuate the epidemic.”

In turn, Gordon Brown, WHO’s ambassador for global health financing and former British Prime Minister, said: “The world’s failure to provide vaccines to the citizens of the developing world has devastating effects that haunt us.”

He added, “In the absence of mass vaccination, (Corona) does not only spread unimpeded among unvaccinated people, but it mutates, and it appeared in the form of new variables that spread from the poorest countries to the richest countries in the world.”

“Rich countries’ reaction to the news that South African scientists had discovered a new variant (Omicron) was an example of their selfishness,” said Dr. Richard Lessels, an infectious disease specialist at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

“What I found really disgusting and disturbing was the lack of interest in rich countries in providing any support to African countries to help them control the epidemic,” he added.

Health experts believe that the “Omicron” mutant could be more transmissible, and that vaccines may be less effective against it.

Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper indicated that as long as scientists expected that the world will witness the emergence of several variables of the Corona virus on an ongoing basis.

And when, last Thursday, South Africa’s Minister of Health announced the discovery in the country, it was taken as the strongest reminder yet that the epidemic is far from over.

In the first hours following the announcement by the Minister of Health in South Africa of the discovery of the new “Omicron” mutant, and the possibility of its rapid spread; Several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have banned travel from South Africa and neighboring African countries.

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Director of the Wellcome Trust: The changes are a reminder that the epidemic is not over yet

A number of scientists and health experts around the world attributed the emergence of the new mutant of the Corona virus “Omicron” to the reluctance to receive vaccines, and the inequality in their distribution among the countries of the world, as many rich countries stockpiled vaccines, and did not fulfill the promises they made to share doses with countries. developing and poor.
According to CNN, the World Health Organization indicated that only 7.5 percent of people in low-income countries received at least one dose of the Corona virus vaccine, compared to 63.9 percent of people in high-income countries.

The emergence of new variants was “a natural consequence of the slow pace of global vaccination,” said Michael Head, a global health researcher at the University of Southampton.

He added, “We still have a large number of unvaccinated populations, as is the case in Africa, and this makes these areas fertile ground for outbreaks of disease and the emergence of new variants significantly.”

And “Head” added: “The new variants of the virus that caused problems in the past all emerged from places that witnessed large, uncontrolled outbreaks, such as the alpha variant that was discovered in the United Kingdom last December, or the delta variant that was discovered in India in February. “.

He continued, “People’s reluctance to receive the vaccine, along with the wealthy countries stockpiling doses that exceed what they actually need, are the main reason for the exacerbation of the current crisis.”

For his part, Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, a health research charity, said the emergence of “Omicron” underscores the world’s need for a fair distribution of vaccines and other public health tools.

He wrote on Twitter: “The new variables are a reminder to us that the epidemic is not over yet. Inequality will perpetuate the epidemic.”

In turn, Gordon Brown, WHO’s ambassador for global health financing and former British Prime Minister, said: “The world’s failure to provide vaccines to the citizens of the developing world has devastating effects that haunt us.”

He added, “In the absence of mass vaccination, (Corona) does not only spread unimpeded among unvaccinated people, but it mutates, and it appeared in the form of new variables that spread from the poorest countries to the richest countries in the world.”

“Rich countries’ reaction to the news that South African scientists had discovered a new variant (Omicron) was an example of their selfishness,” said Dr. Richard Lessels, an infectious disease specialist at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

“What I found really disgusting and disturbing was the lack of interest in rich countries in providing any support to African countries to help them control the epidemic,” he added.

Health experts believe that the “Omicron” mutant could be more transmissible, and that vaccines may be less effective against it.

Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper indicated that as long as scientists expected that the world will witness the emergence of several variables of the Corona virus on an ongoing basis.

And when, last Thursday, South Africa’s Minister of Health announced the discovery in the country, it was taken as the strongest reminder yet that the epidemic is far from over.

In the first hours following the announcement by the Minister of Health in South Africa of the discovery of the new “Omicron” mutant, and the possibility of its rapid spread; Several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have banned travel from South Africa and neighboring African countries.





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