Vaccination Inequity & Hesitancy Enhanced The Possibility Of The Omicron

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : December 1, 2021

Several of the world’s richest countries have been hoarding coronavirus vaccinations over the past year, acquiring enough doses to vaccinate their whole populations three times over while failing to follow through on their agreements to share doses with the poorest parts of the globe. World Health Organization (WHO) officials have said that this practice is “self-defeating” and “immoral.”

Vaccination Inequity & Hesitancy Enhanced The Possibility Of The Omicron

It’s conceivable that it’s starting to bite you right now. Recent research suggests that a new and potentially more transmissible strain of the virus has emerged from a place with low vaccination rates, which is consistent with the currently available information. Omicron, a novel chromosome variant identified in South Africa, has not yet been confirmed as a source of origin or as a result of an introduction from another portion of the region.

Vaccination Inequity & Hesitancy Enhanced The Possibility Of The Omicron

Scientists have learned that the virus is far more likely to evolve in low vaccination rates and transmission rates are high. This is particularly true in developing countries.

Viruses most likely originated in another country, according to Michael Head, a senior research fellow in global health at the University of Southampton. He believes the virus was discovered in South Africa because the country has “extremely, extremely good genomic sequencing capacity and capability.” He thinks it is likely to be the result of an epidemic that happened in some areas of Sub-Saharan Africa where there is not a substantial amount of genomic monitoring going place. Vaccination rates are low, as a result of which the virus spreads.

Head characterized the situation as “a natural consequence of our failure to vaccinate the whole world in a reasonable amount of time.” According to him, they still have large unvaccinated populations, just as we have across Sub-Saharan Africa, and as a consequence, they are prone to large-scale epidemics.

For example, as Head pointed out, previously problematic new strains of the virus had all emerged from areas that had experienced large, uncontrolled outbreaks, such as the United Kingdom in December last year when the Alpha variant was discovered and confirmed, and the Indian subcontinent in February this year when the Delta variant was discovered and confirmed.

In only a few short years, the Omicron form has spread worldwide, with recent discoveries in South Africa, Botswana, Australia, the United Kingdom (including Germany and Italy), the United States, Canada, and Israel, among the countries where it has been discovered.

As a result of the news that South African scientists had discovered the new variant, many countries around the world, including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, and Malawi, have closed their borders to travelers from countries in the region, including the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Malawi.

However, the enormous discrepancy in vaccination rates between the industrialized and developing nations has prompted worry among scientists, public health professionals, and activists, who believe that the epidemic is likely to be caused by this imbalance.

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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