Wealthy Countries to Hold Manufacturing of Vaccines Boosters, says WHO

Patient getting vaccines boosters [photo: whyy.org]

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization leader, asked developed countries drop down COVID-19 vaccine booster manufacturing for the rest of the year to call on vaccination for for developing countries.

Until now such pleas have landed deaf eared.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was “appalled” that vaccine manufacturers have said they have enough supply to provide both demands.

“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 said.

“Third doses may be necessary for the most at-risk populations, where there is evidence of waning immunity,” Tedros said. “But for now, we do not want to see widespread use of boosters for healthy people.”

Tedros had earlier in a statement asked the aforementioned countries to venture in helping developing countries get vaccines and stop the producing of vaccines boosters in the wealthy countries.

This comes even after Kenya has in this week receives more Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines from developed countries.

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