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The World Health Organization (WHO) chief says he is optimistic that the coronavirus pandemic will be defeated in 2022, provided countries work together to contain its spread.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu warned against “narrow nationalism and vaccine hoarding” in a new year statement.

His comments come two years since the WHO was first notified of cases of an unknown pneumonia strain in China.

Global Covid cases now stand at 287m, while nearly 5.5m people have died.

Across the world people are marking the new year but celebrations are muted, with many countries wanting to discourage crowds gathering.

Coronavirus remains part of daily life: a disease that has shut borders, split families and in some places made it unthinkable to leave the house without carrying a mask.

Despite all this, Dr Tedros sounded a positive note in his speech, noting that there are now many more tools to treat Covid-19.

But he warned that continuing inequity in vaccine distribution was increasing the risk of the virus evolving.

“Narrow nationalism and vaccine hoarding by some countries have undermined equity and created the ideal conditions for the emergence of the Omicron variant, and the longer inequity continues, the higher the risks of the virus evolving in ways we can’t prevent or predict,” he said.

“If we end inequity, we end the pandemic,” he added.

In other developments:

South Africa, where Omicron was first reported, has lifted an overnight curfew after announcing the country is likely to have passed the peak of new infectionsA German virologist, Christian Drosten, told ZDF television he expects a “relatively normal” winter, pointing to data suggesting that Omicron cases are not as severeSeveral countries, including the UK, Italy and Greece, reported record cases Thousands more flights have been cancelled, nearly half of them in the US, as airlines struggle with crew sicknessIsrael has become one of the first countries in the world to approve a fourth Covid vaccination

In his comments, Dr Tedros also alluded to low vaccination rates.

While most of the population in Europe and the Americas have received at least one dose, a WHO target of full vaccination rates in 40% of every country by the end of 2021 has been missed across most of Africa.

Dr Tedros has previously criticised wealthier nations for “gobbling up” the global vaccine supply, fully vaccinating much of their populations while others wait for their first doses.

The WHO has set a new goal for 2022: vaccinate 70% of people in all countries by July to end the pandemic.

Global vaccine rollout

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Percent of people fully vaccinated

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World

49

9,097,104,632

China

84

2,795,716,000

India

43

1,435,195,841

US

61

506,313,935

Brazil

67

330,718,457

Indonesia

41

271,240,030

Japan

78

199,596,362

Pakistan

30

153,477,237

Mexico

56

148,689,393

Vietnam

57

148,198,862

Germany

70

148,010,358

Russia

46

146,163,749

Bangladesh

27

132,282,376

UK

69

132,121,605

Turkey

61

130,571,857

France

73

122,386,879

Iran

60

116,210,697

Italy

74

109,976,998

Philippines

44

107,277,506

Thailand

65

102,681,943

South Korea

83

102,272,231

Spain

81

86,237,508

Argentina

71

75,644,660

Canada

77

68,084,993

Colombia

55

63,992,507

Malaysia

78

57,305,127

Egypt

20

52,819,190

Saudi Arabia

65

50,477,457

Morocco

62

50,265,580

Peru

63

48,228,055

Poland

56

46,549,512

Chile

86

43,713,928

Australia

76

42,272,089

Uzbekistan

33

38,864,733

Taiwan

66

34,493,865

Sri Lanka

64

33,516,336

Myanmar

24

31,859,036

Cambodia

81

30,336,200

Cuba

85

30,090,996

Venezuela

40

30,049,714

Ukraine

31

28,296,720

South Africa

26

27,850,779

Ecuador

70

27,304,608

Netherlands

71

26,595,765

United Arab Emirates

91

22,406,584

Nepal

33

21,988,516

Belgium

76

21,451,272

Portugal

89

19,229,373

Sweden

73

17,517,091

Kazakhstan

45

17,453,484

Greece

67

17,100,487

Israel

64

16,665,409

Austria

71

16,323,415

Romania

41

15,796,163

Czech Republic

62

15,335,120

Hungary

62

15,074,636

Mozambique

18

14,408,516

Nigeria

2

14,149,682

Iraq

14

14,140,578

Dominican Republic

52

14,057,252

Switzerland

67

13,663,542

Algeria

13

12,545,356

Rwanda

37

12,316,233

Denmark

78

11,993,187

Tunisia

49

11,979,466

Azerbaijan

46

11,286,004

Guatemala

25

11,247,608

Angola

11

11,164,918

Ethiopia

1

10,894,936

Hong Kong

62

9,886,743

Uganda

3

9,763,030

Kenya

7

9,739,482

Norway

72

9,691,822

Honduras

43

9,589,064

Bolivia

38

9,556,929

El Salvador

64

9,553,791

Singapore

87

9,543,800

Ireland

77

9,510,367

Finland

74

9,489,226

Jordan

38

8,265,793

Serbia

47

8,239,799

New Zealand

75

8,143,384

Nicaragua

43

7,785,141

Costa Rica

68

7,756,348

Ghana

7

7,755,231

Belarus

34

7,708,200

Turkmenistan

52

7,580,976

Zimbabwe

21

7,222,341

Uruguay

77

6,959,931

Kuwait

74

6,942,690

Paraguay

41

6,833,614

Tajikistan

28

6,287,345

Slovakia

44

6,073,488

Oman

55

6,046,310

Panama

56

5,869,229

Laos

42

5,830,021

Mongolia

65

5,337,594

Sudan

3

5,251,235

Afghanistan

9

5,228,706

Qatar

76

5,182,058

Ivory Coast

6

4,812,235

Croatia

48

4,684,781

Lebanon

27

4,351,154

Lithuania

68

4,083,697

Bulgaria

28

3,682,460

Palestinian Territories

28

3,315,774

Bahrain

67

3,212,489

Slovenia

57

2,894,044

Guinea

7

2,770,451

Libya

12

2,664,009

Latvia

67

2,542,389

Georgia

29

2,495,435

Tanzania

2

2,431,769

Togo

12

2,377,399

Albania

36

2,316,606

Senegal

5

2,269,383

Kyrgyzstan

15

2,245,084

Botswana

42

2,137,289

Mauritius

71

2,036,896

Mauritania

15

1,843,386

Benin

11

1,773,592

Moldova

24

1,770,434

Malawi

3

1,764,634

Syria

4

1,753,522

North Macedonia

39

1,741,245

Zambia

6

1,669,400

Kosovo

44

1,666,176

Armenia

23

1,626,738

Bosnia and Herzegovina

22

1,553,874

Cyprus

68

1,541,159

Estonia

62

1,515,552

Somalia

5

1,504,914

Trinidad and Tobago

47

1,397,059

Congo

10

1,295,601

Fiji

67

1,267,045

Jamaica

19

1,199,076

Timor-Leste

40

1,195,990

Bhutan

72

1,154,843

Mali

2

1,057,653

Burkina Faso

3

1,053,330

Malta

84

1,052,035

Luxembourg

68

1,045,759

Cameroon

2

986,281

Niger

2

971,636

Macau

70

970,888

Sierra Leone

5

923,880

Liberia

15

880,313

Central African Republic

7

790,782

Brunei

87

790,506

Maldives

68

788,978

Yemen

1

786,027

Guyana

40

764,898

Madagascar

2

742,069

Namibia

13

736,133

Iceland

83

715,062

Lesotho

30

688,097

Montenegro

43

630,634

Cape Verde

46

571,130

Gabon

8

566,021

Comoros

28

527,119

Papua New Guinea

2

504,018

Suriname

38

488,364

Equatorial Guinea

14

452,666

Belize

49

424,634

Guinea-Bissau

1

413,938

Eswatini

26

399,616

Chad

0.4769

366,585

Bahamas

37

300,214

Barbados

50

298,361

DR Congo

0.1147

291,286

Gambia

9

276,276

South Sudan

2

268,640

Samoa

61

263,189

Solomon Islands

8

235,918

Jersey

76

202,739

Haiti

0.6247

194,341

Seychelles

79

183,472

Isle of Man

77

177,242

Vanuatu

16

152,711

Sao Tome and Principe

23

137,612

Djibouti

3

135,032

Cayman Islands

86

130,608

Tonga

53

130,236

Antigua and Barbuda

59

120,786

Andorra

65

115,709

Bermuda

74

112,695

Gibraltar

119

108,149

Guernsey

21

106,109

Saint Lucia

27

104,729

Faroe Islands

83

95,287

Kiribati

19

82,167

Greenland

67

78,500

Grenada

31

78,476

Liechtenstein

67

62,997

St Vincent and the Grenadines

24

61,198

Dominica

38

57,044

Turks and Caicos Islands

69

56,343

Saint Kitts and Nevis

48

54,868

San Marino

64

53,942

Monaco

59

49,980

British Virgin Islands

56

35,799

Cook Islands

71

25,339

Anguilla

61

20,284

Nauru

67

14,863

Tuvalu

49

12,114

Saint Helena

58

7,892

Burundi

0.0288

7,543

Falkland Islands

50

4,407

Montserrat

30

3,020

Niue

71

2,352

Tokelau

71

1,936

Pitcairn

100

94

British Indian Ocean Territory

0

0

Eritrea

0

0

North Korea

0

0

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

0

0

Vatican

0

0

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