His words came after reports from the U.S. and European countries about the record new cases of coronavirus. In particular, France reported the highest daily rate in Europe for the second day in a row – 208,000 cases. In the US, an average of 265,427 cases per day were reported for the past week. Denmark, Portugal, Great Britain, and Australia also reported record numbers.
In Poland, 794 deaths were reported. This is the highest rate in the fourth wave of the pandemic. More than three-quarters of them were unvaccinated.
"This is and will continue to put immense pressure on exhausted health workers, and health systems on the brink of collapse," the WHO chief added.
Several countries have launched booster programs to administer third doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. For example, in Great Britain, 57% of people over 12 years of age have already received three doses of the vaccine.
Adhanom Ghebreyesus also urged "everyone to make a New Year's resolution to support a campaign to vaccinate 70% of the world's population by mid-2022. According to the WHO, nearly 100 countries have not yet reached the initial goal of vaccinating 40% of their population.
As we reported, a decision was made to tighten quarantine in Israel. It came into force on December 29, 2021.