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Hard-won gains at risk as Delta variant spreads - WHO

World Jul 30, 2021 06:15PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured at the World Health Organization (WHO) building in Geneva, Switzerland, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

By Stephanie Nebehay and Michael Shields

GENEVA (Reuters) - The world is at risk of losing hard-won gains in fighting COVID-19 as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads, but WHO-approved vaccines remain effective, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delta variant of the coronavirus as being as transmissible as chickenpox and cautioned it could cause severe disease, the Washington Post said, citing an internal CDC document.

COVID-19 infections have increased by 80% over the past four weeks in most regions of the world, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Deaths in Africa - where only 1.5% of the population is vaccinated - rose by 80% over the same period.

"Hard-won gains are in jeopardy or being lost, and health systems in many countries are being overwhelmed," Tedros told a news conference.

The Delta variant has been detected in 132 countries, becoming the dominant global strain, according to the WHO.

"The vaccines that are currently approved by the WHO all provide significant protection against severe disease and hospitalisation from all the variants, including the Delta variant," said WHO's top emergency expert, Mike Ryan.

"We are fighting the same virus but a virus that has become faster and better adapted to transmitting amongst us humans, that's the change," he said.

Maria van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19, said the Delta variant was the most easily spread so far, about 50% more transmissible than ancestral strains of SARS-CoV-2 that first emerged in China in late 2019.

A few countries had reported increased hospitalisation rates, but higher rates of mortality had not been recorded from the Delta variant, she said.

Japan said on Friday it would expand states of emergency to three prefectures near Olympic host city Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka, as COVID-19 cases spike in the capital and around the country, overshadowing the Summer Games.

Ryan noted that Tokyo had recorded more than 3,000 cases in the past 24 hours, among some 10,000 new infections in Japan.

"The Olympics is a part of that overall context and the risk management that is place around the Olympics is extremely comprehensive," he said.

Hard-won gains at risk as Delta variant spreads - WHO
 

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YouTube Account Jul 30, 2021 10:49PM ET
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WHO is a criminal organization.
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MuraliKrishna Brahmandam Jul 30, 2021 9:48PM ET
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Once upon a time there was a Chinese, look how many are now there with the Chinese virus in them
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milena villa escobar Jul 30, 2021 8:39PM ET
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It's just another version of the flu let's get real people die from the flu every year especially old people with preexisting conditions. What's so new about this?
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Catherine Varns Jul 30, 2021 8:09PM ET
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Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Looks like the White House sent out a memo to all their news organizations to go back into COVID hysterics and theatrics as if we are back in March of last year, and that we need to redo everything that did not work over the past year and a half. Nothing that they are saying makes any logical sense from a public health or legal perspective. Since COVID-19 vaccines do not prevent you from getting/spreading the virus, how do these mandates make sense to anybody? Why should there only be mandatory testing for unvaccinated people if vaccinated people are also spreading the virus? Even within the White House, there was a spreads of the virus from vaccinated people due to the Texas Democrats and Nancy Pelosi's office just in the past couple of weeks. (cont. below)
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Catherine Varns Jul 30, 2021 8:09PM ET
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Every other vaccine that is mandated, such as in public schools for children, is because it is the type of vaccine that prevents people from spreading the virus (i.e. once vaccinated, you do not spread the virus even if you are exposed to it). COVID-19 vaccines are not that type of vaccine, they are simply for symptomatic relief. Further, the COVID-19 vaccines are not FDA-approved and they have given vaccine manufactureres legal immunity. I can see why many people are already contacting lawyers regarding these mandates, doubt they are legal. There is no precedence of this for this type of vaccine. There are a massive number of adverse events and deaths already reported in the vaccine adverse event reporting system related to COVID-19 vaccines, more than every other vaccine in the system combined.
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AllatraYiveh Jul 30, 2021 7:46PM ET
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Hard-won gain? what won? See Spanish Flu 1919 as example, the flu virus is seasonal and will be very natural to have a spike and massive drop in the middle as if the world has "won" against this flu virus. Naturally, the virus will have a hill and valley and eventually come down by itself after several hills WITH or WITHOUT vaccine.
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ILoveQE Jul 30, 2021 7:13PM ET
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I get the feeling that another lockdown in the US is coming soon. I'm thinking the end of the 2nd week of August. Just before the new school year and 2022 Elections.
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SabiSab Jul 30, 2021 6:54PM ET
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CDC said 5914 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized or have died with Covid Infections.  So, Biden has been lying to us all along.  People can get vaccinated, have their organs damaged by side effects, still get Covid 19 Delta and die!  ********
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Felipe Daniel Jul 30, 2021 1:34PM ET
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The planners of the plannedemic are in Davos, the profiteers like Bill Gates and George Soros recently bought another Covid testing company before everyone finds out the PCR tests are scam. The creator of PCR tests himself said test should not be used to determine viruses.
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Pure market manipulation and oligarchy ruling. This would end the Covid farse - c19early.com - 750 clinical and medical studies on 22 highly effective ovid medical treatments, with 500.000 patients successfully treated.
 
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