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“It is dangerous to assume that omicron will be the last variant, or that we are in the endgame,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at an executive board meeting. “On the contrary, globally the conditions are ideal for more variants to emerge.”
The remarks come as some countries have relaxed their restrictions and after U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy said last week that the omicron variant has yet to peak in the nation. About 62 percent of the world has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to a New York Times data tracker.
The World Health Organization’s Europe director, Hans Kluge, has also expressed optimism for Europe, telling Agence France-Presse that “it’s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame.”