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WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan alarms people on new COVID-19 waves

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed alarm about the rising number of COVID-19 cases that are pressuring already overburdened healthcare systems and workers.

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Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at WHO, has issued a warning amid the emergence of new strains that are more contagious, and immunologically elusive, and raising concerns about an increase in hospitalizations. Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 may be infecting persons who have received vaccinations, according to growing evidence.

Swaminathan said on Twitter, “We need to be prepared for these COVID19 waves- each new variant will be more transmissible & immune evasive- higher numbers infected will translate into greater hospitalizations & sickness. All countries must have a data driven plan to quickly respond to changing situations,” as a response to another tweet by Philip Schellekens, Senior Advisor at World Bank Group.

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