WHO calls for booster pause to vaccinate poorer nations

WHO calls for booster pause to vaccinate poorer nations
Poorer nations currently experiencing a spike in cases are yet to vaccinate a large proportion of their population. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged for a suspension on booster vaccines for coronavirus until at least the end of September as many poorer nations are falling behind.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the chief of the organization, said a pause would allow for at least 10% of the population in every country to be vaccinated.

A number of nations, including Germany and Israel have announced plans to administer a third dose.

But the WHO chief has warned poorer nations are falling behind.

Low-income countries have only been able to administer 1.5 doses for every 100 people due to a lack of supply, according to the WHO.

Dr Tedros said that there needs to be a reversal and that the majority of Covid-19 vaccines should go to lower income countries.

He added: “I understand the concern of all governments to protect their people from the Delta variant. But we cannot accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it.”

It is a strong call from the WHO, as the global health body attempts to narrow the gap between low-income and high-income nations.

It had wanted 10% of people in every country to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by next month, but that target is unlikely to be met on the current trajectory.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti, none of the population has received two doses of the vaccine.

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