Halt booster shots for rest of year: World Health Organisation

Halt booster shots for rest of year: World Health Organisation

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling on rich countries with large supplies of Covid vaccines to refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year, expanding a call that has largely fallen on deaf ears. - File photo

Geneva, September 8

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling on rich countries with large supplies of Covid vaccines to refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year, expanding a call that has largely fallen on deaf ears.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said on Wednesday he was “appalled” at comments by a leading association of pharmaceutical manufacturers who said vaccine supplies are high enough to allow for both booster shots and vaccinations in countries in dire need of jabs, but facing shortages.

“I will not stay silent when companies and countries that control the global supply of vaccines think the world's poor should be satisfied with leftovers,” he told the media. — AP

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