WHO says countries should not order COVID-19 booster shots while others still need vaccines

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12 Jul 2021 11:47PM (Updated: 13 Jul 2021 02:46AM)

GENEVA: Rich countries should not beryllium ordering booster shots for their vaccinated populations portion different countries person yet to person COVID-19 vaccines, the World Health Organization said connected Monday.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said deaths were again rising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delta variant was becoming dominant, and galore countries had yet to person capable vaccine doses to support their wellness workers.

"The Delta variant is ripping astir the satellite astatine a scorching pace, driving a caller spike successful COVID-19 cases and death," Tedros told a briefing, noting that the highly contagious variant, archetypal detected successful India, had present been recovered successful much than 104 countries.

"The planetary spread successful COVID-19 vaccine proviso is hugely uneven and inequitable. Some countries and regions are really ordering millions of booster doses, earlier different countries person had supplies to vaccinate their wellness workers and astir vulnerable," said Tedros.

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He singled retired vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna arsenic companies that were aiming to supply booster shots successful countries wherever determination were already precocious levels of vaccination. Tedros said they should alternatively nonstop their doses to COVAX, the vaccine sharing programme chiefly for middle-income and poorer countries.

ANGER, SHAME

The WHO's main scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, said the planetary wellness assemblage had truthful acold not seen grounds showing that booster shots were indispensable for those who person received a afloat people of vaccines. While boosters whitethorn beryllium indispensable 1 day, determination was nary grounds they were needed yet.

"It has to beryllium based connected the subject and the data, not connected idiosyncratic companies declaring that their vaccines request to beryllium administered arsenic a booster dose," she said.

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Mike Ryan, caput of the WHO's emergencies programme, said: "Right now, we are condemning hundreds of millions of radical to having nary protection.

"We volition look backmost successful anger, and we volition look backmost successful shame", if countries usage precious doses connected booster shots, astatine a clip erstwhile susceptible radical are inactive dying without vaccines elsewhere, Ryan said.

"These are radical who privation to person their barroom and devour it, and past they privation to marque immoderate much barroom and devour it too," helium said.

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