The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a moratorium on COVID-19 booster shots for rich countries, citing a disparity between them and poorer countries.
The moratorium would last at least until the end of September, as WHO data shows that high-income countries administer nearly 50 doses for every 100 people in the population, while low-income countries have given about 1.5 doses for every 100 people.
“These populations are in urgent need of vaccines, particularly health workers, the elderly and other vulnerable groups,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization on Wednesday. “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, while the world’s most vulnerable people remain unprotected. “.
Ghebreyesus added that the moratorium should remain until at least 10% of the population in each country can be vaccinated against COVID-19, with most vaccines targeting low-income countries rather than wealthier ones.
At the beginning of July, Pfizer-BioNTech has applied for clearance from the FDA to deliver a third blow to the Americans. The FDA and CDC responded by saying, “Americans who have been fully vaccinated don’t need a booster dose right now.”
“The United States is fortunate to have highly effective vaccines that are widely available to people 12 and older,” the FDA and CDC added in a joint statement. “People who are fully vaccinated are protected from serious illness and death, including variants currently circulating in the country such as Delta. We are prepared for booster doses if and when science proves they are needed. ‘