By Nsunjo Erica
The World Health Organization said that a tenth of the world’s population may have been infected with COVID-19, the organization added that the COVID-19 virus has left the “vast majority” of people at risk.
Dr. Michael Ryan, director of the WHO’s health emergency program, warned that the world was “now heading into a difficult period. The disease continues to spread. It is on the rise in many parts of the world”.
Speaking on Monday to WHO’s 34-member executive board, Dr. Michael Ryan said the figures vary from urban to rural, and between different groups, but that ultimately it means “the vast majority of the world remains at risk”.
According to the World Health Organization, the UK government revealed a delay in nearly 16,000 positive coronavirus results which were later added to the official figures pushing the number of infected people to over 10 percent globally.
The organization added that the under-recording of COVID-19 cases is happening in almost all countries all over the globe where cases of the virus infection are being recorded, therefore this explains why the WHO is hesitant about producing constant figures.
The WHO estimates that more than 760 million people have been infected with the COVID-19 virus globally based on the current world population of about 7.6 billion.
Currently, the number of confirmed global COVID-19 cases according to data compiled by both the WHO and Johns Hopkins University have now surpassed 35 million worldwide.
Experts and scientists continue to warn that the global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases can still be underestimated based on the number of countries that lack popper testing facilities and therefore may end up registering fewer cases.
Current News On COVID-19 Vaccines
China’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that COVID-19 vaccines being developed in the country may be ready for usage by the general public as early as November this year.
In an interview with the state TV, China’s CDC chief biosafety expert Guizhen Wu said Phase 3 clinical trials were proceeding smoothly and the vaccines could be ready for the general public in November or December.
According to the CDC, China has four COVID-19 vaccines in the final stage of clinical trials. At least three of those have already been offered to essential workers under an emergency use program launched in July.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) also said that over 8,000 Boeing 747s will be needed to ship a COVID-19 vaccine around the World in case it’s fully ready for distribution and that this will be the “largest transport challenge ever.