The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday that about 90% of the world’s population currently has some level of immunity to covid-19 through vaccination or infection.
“WHO estimates that at least 90% of the world’s population now have some level of immunity to SARS-CoV-2 due to a previous infection or vaccination,” said the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in reference to the virus that causes the disease.
“We are much closer to being able to say that the emergency phase of the pandemic is over, but we’re not there yet“, he noted at a press conference.
Tedros also said that new variants of the virus could emerge and overcome the dominant Omicron. Currently, there are over 500 subvariants of Omicron and all are highly transmissible. There are also mutations of the virus that can more easily escape acquired immunity, reinforced Tedros.
WHO: Covid-19 is still a Public Health Emergency
Last October, the WHO reported that COVID-19 remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC).
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said he had decided to keep the pandemic as a global emergency, heeding the recommendation of the emergency committee.
According to a statement from the WHO, experts from several countries who advise the organization agreed that covid-19 is a “public health event that continues to negatively and strongly affect the health of the world’s population”.