Thursday, September 23

Coronavirus: why the WHO asked to postpone booster vaccines against covid-19 until the end of September

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Many of the low-income countries that are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases have not been able to vaccinate a significant part of their population.

While dozens of countries around the world have barely managed to vaccinate just over 1% of their population against the coronavirus, there are already countries that are planning to administer a booster dose.

This idea has been questioned by the World Health Organization (WHO), which on Wednesday made a call to postpone any reinforcement at least until the end of September.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, said that this temporary suspension would allow at least 10% of the population in each country to be vaccinated.

Several countries, including Israel and Germany, have already announced plans to administer the booster doses, but Tedros warned that poorer countries are lagging behind in vaccination.

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