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WHO calls for global accord on pandemics

Geneva/New Delhi, Nov 29

The WHO is pushing for an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics amid the emergence of worrying Omicron variant.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said many uncertainties remained about just how transmissible and severe infection by the highly mutated Omicron might be.

Tedros joined leaders like outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera for a long-planned and largely virtual special session of the UN health agency’s member states at the World Health Assembly.

The gathering is aimed at devising a global action plan towards preventing, preparing and responding to future pandemics. Amid global concerns and mounting travel restrictions in the wake of Omicron, the WHO said it was not yet clear if the new ‘variant of concern’ (VoC) was more transmissible or more severe than Delta, currently the most transmissible of all VoCs. — PTI/TNS

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