According to the head of the World Health Organization, the delta variant of the virus is the most transmissible of all variants identified so far.
The variant was first seen in India and has spread in at least 85 countries.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, criticized rich countries, saying the lack of access to vaccines among poor countries is aiding the spread of the delta variant and that the risk of repeating what happened during the AIDS crisis as well as the swine flu pandemic is possible.
The global community had failed these countries when vaccinations arrived after the outbreak had ended.
COVAX, the U.N. supported effort to distribute vaccines to poor countries, has missed several targets to share the vaccines, and now its biggest suppliers are unable to export any.
Suppliers are unable to fulfill orders to other countries in need because others are making demands for the product and vaccinating populations that aren’t at as high of a risk.
Some experts also express concern over countries with high vaccination rates loosening restrictions and holding large events due to the lack of data to prove its safety, especially with the delta variant spreading now.
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