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COVID-19: U.S. rejected after WHO called for the stop of booster shot
COVID-19: U.S. rejected after WHO called for the stop of booster shot. Poor countries have no vaccines. The WHO called for a stop to booster doses, but the United States said so…
According to a comprehensive report on August 5, as the gap in vaccination rates between rich and poor countries widens, the World Health Organization has issued its strongest appeal so far, asking rich countries to temporarily postpone booster vaccination.
On August 4, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus said that rich countries should wait at least until the end of September to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine booster. This is to ensure that at least 10% of the population in every country can be vaccinated.
Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said: “I understand governments’ concerns about protecting their people from the delta variant virus. But we cannot accept that countries that have exhausted most of the global vaccine supply use more vaccines.”
He said: “We call on all influential people-Olympic athletes, investors, business leaders, religious leaders, and everyone in the family and society to support our call for a moratorium on additional vaccinations until at least the end of September.”
Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus said: “We need to urgently reverse the situation, from the flow of most vaccines to high-income countries, to provide most of the vaccines to low-income countries.”
However, WHO experts believe that for a sufficient number of people around the world to be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021, it may be necessary to further delay the time for the booster injection.
The World Health Organization stated that every country in the world should ensure that 10% of the population is protected by the vaccine before starting the booster injection. Kate O’Brien, WHO Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biology, pointed out: “We need to focus on those who are most vulnerable and most at risk of serious illness and death, and get them vaccinated with the first and second shots. “
According to the WHO, in May, about 50 doses of vaccine were vaccinated for every 100 people in high-income countries, and that number has since doubled. Due to lack of supply, only about 1.5 doses of vaccine per 100 people in low-income countries.
In response to the WHO’s call, White House Spokesperson Psaki responded on the 4th that suspending vaccination would be a “wrong choice”. The United States can continue to provide boosters for its citizens while supplying vaccines to the world.
The United States has signed an agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech in July to order an additional 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to expand the coverage of children and prepare for the booster dose later this year.
US chief infectious disease expert Fauci said on August 3 that health experts are still considering the need to provide boosters for people with weakened immune systems.
At present, some countries have begun to vaccinate or start to study the necessity of booster. German local time said on the 2nd that it will start to provide boosters for vulnerable groups in September. The UAE has also started the process of providing boosters to high-risk groups such as the elderly. The Israeli government announced last week that it would start the third dose of vaccine for people over 60 years of age in August.
WHO’s proposal was rejected by the Biden administration.
White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters that what the World Health Organization proposed was a “false choice” and the United States believed that two things could be done at the same time.
The two things that Jen Psaki proposed can be done at the same time. It should mean that on the one hand, we should continue to provide vaccine assistance to low- and middle-income countries, and on the other hand, we must also enable American people who need to be vaccinated to receive this service.
(source:internet, reference only)