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WHO calls for halting COVID-19 vaccine boosters in favor of unvaccinated

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By Manas Mishra and Dania Nadeem

(Reuters) -The World Health Organization is calling for a halt on COVID-19 vaccine boosters until at least the end of September, its head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday, as the gap between vaccinations in wealthy and poor countries widens.

The call for a moratorium is the strongest statement yet from the UN agency at a time when countries deliberate the need for boosters to combat the fast-spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus.

"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 of it," Tedros added.

High-income countries administered around 50 doses for every 100 people in May, and that number has since doubled, according to WHO. Low-income countries have only been able to administer 1.5 doses for every 100 people, due to lack of supply.

"We need an urgent reversal from the majority of vaccines going to high-income countries to the majority going to low-income countries," Tedros said.

To counter the spread of the Delta variant, some countries have begun to use or started weighing on the need for booster doses even as scientists debate over whether or not extra shots are needed.

"The fact that we are vaccinating healthy adults with a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines is a short-sighted way of thinking," said Elin Hoffmann Dahl, infectious diseases medical adviser to Medecins Sans Frontieres' access campaign.

"With the emergence of new variants, if we continue to leave the majority of the world unvaccinated, we will most definitely need adjusted vaccines in the future," Dahl told Reuters.

Last week, Israeli President Isaac Herzog received a third shot of coronavirus vaccine, kicking off a campaign to give booster doses to people aged over 60 in the country.

The United States in July signed a deal with Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) and German partner BioNTech to buy 200 million additional doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to help with pediatric vaccination as well as possible booster shots.

U.S. health regulators were still assessing the need for a booster dose.

WHO calls for halting COVID-19 vaccine boosters in favor of unvaccinated
 

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Anthony Cloud
Anthony Cloud Aug 05, 2021 6:50AM ET
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They’re already talking about boosters for an ineffective vaccine for a virus with a 99.6% survival rate lol wake up people
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Aug 04, 2021 8:46PM ET
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Rrrright.. Not enough Americans are dying.. says the WHO..
Anthony Paris
Anthony Paris Aug 04, 2021 8:05PM ET
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So Covid is going up in the United States but yet Biden allows undocumented people into the country that are infected with Covid how do they expect to contain the pandemic
Lawrence Schmidt
Lawrence Schmidt Aug 04, 2021 8:05PM ET
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Hes a fumbass
Dzlguy BX
DZLTRDR Aug 04, 2021 1:54PM ET
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So those who are being accused of spreading Misinformation are now being vindicated..  Hhhmmm ? So looks like all those powers that be are the spreaders of the ugly Misinformation campaign. Bottom line they don't know how to let this thing just run its coarse Like all other nasty bugs have done and just use the therapeutics that are known to help and let the Real  process work its natural course.
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EddieG Aug 04, 2021 1:54PM ET
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that's right. let those die
Matt Novakovich
Matt Novakovich Aug 04, 2021 12:38PM ET
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take a Tic Tac
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Aug 04, 2021 10:29AM ET
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Now that President Trump is gone people care about the WHO even less, no ones giving them any attention and they’re still begging for money.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Aug 04, 2021 9:40AM ET
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According to WHO seasonal flu no longer exists. WHO is the marketing department for Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca.
Saroop Calvete
Saroop Calvete Aug 04, 2021 9:40AM ET
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Indeed
John Avenetti
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I think it's quite A LOT more sinister than that.
 
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