WHO: COVID-19 Delta variant now in 85 countries

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The World Health Organization has stated that the COVID-19 Delta variant has been identified in at least 85 countries, and is spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations.

The Delta Variant is the most transmissible of the COVID-19 variants identified so far. 

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom said, “New variants are expected and will continue to be reported – that’s what viruses do, they evolve – but we can prevent the emergence of variants by preventing COVID-19 transmission. It’s quite simple: more transmission, more variants. Less transmission, less variants.”

“That makes it even more urgent that we use all the tools at our disposal to prevent COVID-19 transmission: the tailored and consistent use of public health and social measures, in combination with vaccine equity.” He added.

WHO has been calling for vaccines to be distributed equitably, to protect health workers and the most vulnerable.