The head of the WHO says that some countries have ordered millions of boosters before other countries vaccinate health workers and the most vulnerable.
The World Health Organization said on Monday that countries should not order booster shots for their vaccinated populations when other countries have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of deaths has risen again. Delta variants are now taking the lead, and many countries have not received enough vaccine doses to protect their health workers.
“The global COVID-19 vaccine supply gap is very uneven and unfair. Some countries and regions have actually ordered millions of boosters, while other countries have not yet provided vaccinations for their health workers and the most vulnerable,” Tedros said.
He listed vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna as companies aiming to provide booster shots in countries where vaccination levels are already high.
Tan Desai said that they should vaccinate the vaccine to COVAX, a vaccine sharing program that mainly targets middle-income and poorer countries.
The head of the WHO said: “The priority now must be to vaccinate those who are not vaccinated and protected.”
“I ask you, who would bring firefighters to the front line without protection? Who is most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic? Frontline health workers, the elderly and vulnerable groups.”
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Sumia Swaminathan, the chief scientist of the WHO, said that so far, global health agencies have not seen evidence that people who have received the complete vaccine need booster injections.
Although boosters may be needed one day, there is no evidence that they are required.
“It must be based on science and data, not on individual companies’ announcement that their vaccine needs to be administered as a booster dose,” she said.
Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergency planning, said: “Looking back on the past, we will be angry and feel ashamed when looking back.” If countries use precious doses for booster injections elsewhere, the vulnerable people are still not Died from the vaccine.
“These people want to own their own cake and eat it, and then they want to make more cakes and eat it,” he said.
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Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, admitted that “it is entirely conceivable, and perhaps very likely” that an intensified injection is needed.
On Sunday, Fauci did not rule out this possibility, but said it was too early for the government to recommend another injection.
He said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA did the right thing last week, and they refuted Pfizer’s statement that they believed that the booster injection was not needed “at this time.”