COVID-19 . Most of the world appears to have moved on from the Covid-19 pandemic while the World Health Organization says dangerous variants could still emerge. It’s been nearly three years since COVID-19 emerged and triggered a global pandemic more than 6.6 million people have died from the disease it disrupted economies around the world but also led to an unprecedented effort to develop safe and effective vaccines in record time the number of new infections has now dropped significantly from its peak earlier in the year the World health organization believes 90 percent of the global population now has some form of immunity either from infections or vaccines.
Gaps in surveillance, testing, sequencing, and vaccination are continuing to create the perfect conditions for a new variant of consent to emerge that could cause significant mortality. China is relaxing its zero-covid policy it’s the last major economy to maintain strict lockdowns and mandatory quarantines.
The end of China’s zero covet policy has become the start of an explosion in coronavirus cases and under-vaccinated populations with low natural immunity and a loosening of restrictions has led to seems in China the rest of the world has long put behind scenes like these overcrowded hospitals with patients seeking help pharmacy is running out of cold and flu medication
It is estimated that 2 million people could die in China due to the sudden loosening of COVID-19 curbs. Omicron seems to be peaking in China. The Chinese government decided to change the criteria of what constitutes a covid death it made them much stricter.
Experts are predicting three winter waves during these couple of days first waves are mounting in big cities the second one will happen in mid-January during the lunar New Year and until mid-March, there will be a third wave in China. Explosion cases should worry the entire world because this surge will not be a small temporary surge. This surge is going to likely be one of the largest searches we have ever seen indirectly the rest of the world will face numerous consequences.
In terms of the supply chains, this could also disrupt the global supply chains of many medicines and many consumer products. The ripple effects are going to be large and as the Chief epidemiologists of China have just recently said the worst is yet to come.
The world is preparing to fight the new pandemic President Joe Biden says “There`s going to be another pandemic we have to think ahead.
World Health Organization director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “This will not be the last pandemic history teaches us that outbreaks and pandemics are a fact of life however pandemic comes the world must be ready more ready than covid-19″.
The coronavirus pandemic has also become an inequality pandemic never before have we seen such a simultaneous increase in the gulf between the haves and the have-nots around the world the virus has fed off and increased existing inequalities of wealth gender and race hundreds of of millions of people are being forced into poverty while the richest both individuals and corporations are getting even more decadent.
At the same time, it revealed the vital importance of government action to protect our health and livelihoods.
In developing countries, COVID-19 has made life even tougher than it already was masks and disinfectants are too costly for most and it`s virtually impossible to stick to coronavirus health regulations in India. In 2020 India`s economic growth dropped by 23 percent the coronavirus lockdown had disastrous effects. According to the study done by Action Aid, 80 lost their employment as a result of the pandemic. The situation is not that different in many Latin American and African countries.
Access to education for children has been negated by efforts to curb the pandemic according to UNESCO more than 880 million children worldwide have suffered educational disruptions as a result of partial or full school closures.
In Africa people over 65 who are the most at-risk age group make up just 4 percent of the population there, that`s a contrast to 20 to 25 percent in the global north. 25 African countries are on the verge of national bankruptcy.
Former development minister Gerard Muller has said “Far more people will die from the consequences of the lockdowns than from the virus itself”