As concerns mount about the omicron version, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that on Monday, the panicked reaction from world leaders highlighted the urgency of an international consensus on pandemics.
“The emergence of the highly mutated omicron variant underlines just how perilous and precarious our situation is,” declared WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at the beginning of a 3-day World Health Assembly meeting.
He also said that scientists across all over the world have been “urgently” working to determine whether the Omicron variant, first discovered by researchers in South Africa, is more contagious, or if vaccines work against it.
The UN health agency’s chief but emphasized that 194 members of the World Health Assembly needs to ensure that the necessary foundations are put in place for an agreement which will prevent any future outbreaks.
“We shouldn’t need another wake-up call,” Tedros declared.
The previous the morning of Monday on Monday, the WHO released an announcement of the most recent evaluation of the variant omicronclassified as carrying an “very high” risk of world-wide infection surges.
It remains to be seen if this mutation increases the chance of death or severe illness The multiple mutations that have occurred in the past have increased the chance of developing recurring infections in patients who have recuperated from COVID.
“Depending on these characteristics, there could be future surges of COVID-19, which could have severe consequences, depending on a number of factors including where surges may take place,” the WHO declared in an announcement.
What is the level of support in favor of a pandemic treaty?
The leaders of Germany as well as Germany and the European Union threw their support in a global pandemic agreement and demanded an increase in the stability of funding of the WHO.
“I would like us member states to increase our contributions significantly — this means up to 50%,” declared the acting Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The departing German leader also supported initiatives to create a prevention of pandemic agreement legally binding, which is not currently being considered within the proposed agreement.
Merkel is scheduled to hold video conferences with German governors of the state on Tuesday, to discuss the dramatic growth in coronavirus cases throughout the country.
Health Ministers who are part of the G7 group stated that “there was strong support to set up an international pathogen surveillance network within the framework of the World Health Organization.”
In a joint declaration following an online meeting, the two countries acknowledged “the exemplary work of South Africa in both detecting the variant and alerting others to it.”
The United States has been hesitant to sign on to a legally binding treaty but it has reached a deal with other member states in order to get the process started for the creation of a global “accord.”