More than two-thirds of the world’s population had antibodies to the coronavirus in October last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.
This means that this group of people has been vaccinated against or infected with the coronavirus. In February 2021, the percentage of global citizens with antibodies was still around 16 percent.
The WHO calculated the number of people who had antibodies last fall based on estimates and emphasizes that the omikron variant of the coronavirus has spread rapidly around the world since then. As a result, the percentage of people with antibodies is now probably higher.
Many people in their twenties are said to have antibodies. Among children under 9 years old and people over 60, the percentage is lower. Although the figures show that the world is becoming increasingly resilient to the coronavirus, according to the WHO, the organization still calls on countries to continue to focus on vaccinations. These offer better protection than a previous infection.
The WHO reported last month that about 15 million more people have died worldwide due to the corona pandemic than would have been the case without the virus outbreak. In Europe, more than 2 million people have died from the effects of the virus, in the United States, there are more than 1 million.