WHO renews opposition to booster doses against COVID-19

The World Health Organization asked again on Wednesday that people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 should not receive a booster dose so that vaccines can be sent to poor countries that have only been able to immunize a small part of their population.

"Currently we do not wish to see a generalized use of booster doses for people who have finished their vaccination and are healthy," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference.

"I will not remain silent when the companies and countries that control the global supply of vaccines think that the world's poor should be content with crumbs," he added angrily.

In early August, the director of the World Health Organization wanted to issue a decision to freeze the administration of booster doses until the end of September, but many rich countries publicly opposed it and launched their campaign to start giving the third dose of the vaccine.

However, Tedros called Wednesday for "the extension of the moratorium at least until the end of 2021 to allow each country to vaccinate at least 40% of its population."

The World Health Organization has consistently condemned the difficulties in accessing vaccines for poor countries.

He added, "The global goals of the World Health Organization remain to help each country vaccinate at least 10% of its population by the end of the month, at least 40% by the end of the year, and 70% of the world's population by the middle of next year."

He also indicated that he participated in the last meeting of the G20 health ministers on September 5 and 6 in Rome: “They assured me that they would do their utmost to secure the necessary vaccines to reach the 40% target by the end of this year.”

The head of the World Health Organization also said he was "stunned" by comments from the pharmaceutical industry that indicated Tuesday that production of vaccines against Covid will soon be more than enough to ensure a vaccination for everyone.

“In fact, manufacturers have always had the ability to not only vaccinate their priority populations but at the same time support the vaccination of the same collections in all countries,” Tedros said.

"We have the solutions to stop transmission (of the virus) and save lives," he said. But these solutions are not well used and not well shared.”

And I regret that the rich countries have only given 15% of the billion doses they promised. "We don't want more promises," he said. We only want vaccines!”

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