The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a moratorium on Wednesday on Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to enable at least 10% of the population of every country to be vaccinated.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries for a halt on booster shots until at least the end of September as poorer countries struggle to access doses even for high-risk populations such as healthcare workers and the elderly.
“I understand the concern of all governments to protect their people from the Delta variant. But we cannot and we should not accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccine using even more of it while the world’s most vulnerable people remain unprotected,” said Ghebreyesus during a news conference broadcast from the WHO’s Geneva headquarters.
Ghebreyesus asserted that G-20 nations had an important leadership role to play as those countries were the “biggest producers, the biggest consumers and the biggest donors of COVID-19 vaccines”.
The United States rejected the appeal from the UN health agency on Wednesday claiming it to be “a false choice” when “we can do both,” continue distributing shots abroad while ensuring that every American can be fully vaccinated.
At least 4.27 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have now been administered globally. Countries categorized by the World Bank as high income has administered 101 doses per 100 people while 29 of the lowest-income countries have administered only 1.7 doses per 100 people.
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