The Delta variant of the coronavirus has been found in at least 98 countries and regions, the head of the World Health Organization said, adding that it’s spreading quickly in countries with both low and high vaccination rates.
The WHO Director-General said the variant, which was first detected in India last October, is “dangerous” and continues to evolve and mutate and therefore requires constant evaluation and “careful adjustment of the public health response.”
He said, “In those countries with low COVID-19 vaccination coverage, terrible scenes of hospitals overflowing are again becoming the norm. But no country is out of the woods yet.”
The WHO chief stressed vaccination is the best way to slow the pandemic, save lives, drive a truly global economic recovery and prevent further dangerous variants from getting the “upper hand.”
He urged world leaders to work together to ensure 70 percent are vaccinated.