Posted 21 декабря 2021,, 10:30

Published 21 декабря 2021,, 10:30

Modified 24 декабря 2022,, 22:37

Updated 24 декабря 2022,, 22:37

WHO head: "A canceled holiday is better than a canceled life"

WHO head: "A canceled holiday is better than a canceled life"

21 декабря 2021, 10:30
The head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made an appeal, proposing to consider the possibility of eliminating the festive events in order to reduce the risks of the spread of the new strain of the Omicron coronavirus, which already occupies a dominant position in some countries, displacing the delta.

“A canceled holiday is better than a canceled life”, - Interfax quotes the organization’s general director as saying.

He noted that everyone wants to return to normal life, but this requires making difficult decisions to protect themselves and those around them, including postponing or canceling events.

“But it is better to cancel now and celebrate later than celebrate now and then mourn”, - summed up Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

He stressed that in mid-2022, the pandemic should be ended by vaccinating 70% of the population of all countries. The head of the WHO confirmed the information that Omicron is spreading faster than other strains, and the vaccinated and unvaccinated can become infected with a new mutation of the coronavirus. His colleague, WHO Chief Scientist Sumiya Swaminathan, announced premature conclusions regarding the milder symptoms of Omicron relative to other strains - there is little information for this yet. She added that due to the increase in morbidity, the health care system will face a new reboot.

Earlier it became known that many European countries have imposed severe restrictions on Christmas, and the Netherlands became the first country in which there is a full-fledged lockdown because of Omicron.