WHO Says Delta Is Becoming the Dominant Covid Variant Globally

Delta, the highly contagious Covid-19 variant first identified in India, is becoming the dominant strain of the disease worldwide, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist said Friday. That’s because of its “significantly increased transmissibility,” Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the WHO’s chief scientist, said during a news conference at the agency’s Geneva headquarters.

COVID Vaccination Campaigns Are 'Still Too Slow', WHO Europe Director Warns

Vaccination campaigns in Europe are "still too slow" amid more transmissible variants, the World Health Organisation's European regional director said, emphasising that speed continued to be essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hans Kluge said in an interview with AFP that "the pandemic will be over when we have reached a minimum vaccination coverage of 70%," deploring what he said were "still too slow" vaccination campaigns.