[EpochTimesSeptember92021](Epoch Times reporter Li Xin comprehensive report) The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday (September 8) once again issued an appeal to the rich countries, hoping that they will suspend the third vaccination before the end of this year. COVID-19 vaccine.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference on Wednesday that he hopes that rich countries will suspend the third dose of vaccination and extend the recommended suspension of injections from the end of September to the end of this year.
Tedros said that he was “shocked” by comments made by a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer’s association. The association stated that the supply of vaccines is large enough to provide boosters and countries that are in urgent need of vaccines but are facing shortages for vaccination.
Tan Desai last month called for a suspension of the third dose of vaccine before the end of September, but some countries have started or are planning to give booster vaccination to groups more vulnerable to the virus in their countries. The WHO official complained that nothing has changed since his appeal last month.
Tan Desai is now postponing the moratorium on booster injections until the end of the year, aiming to enable every country to vaccinate at least 40% of its population.
Tedros said that the WHO has called for vaccine fairness from the beginning, not after the third dose has started in the wealthiest countries.
“When the companies and countries that control the global vaccine supply think that the world’s poor should be satisfied with the surplus, I will not remain silent.” He said.
However, he also said that for high-risk groups, a booster dose of vaccination is necessary. Evidence shows that these people have decreased immunity against serious illness and death. “But for now, we don’t want to see booster doses widely used for healthy people who have been fully vaccinated.”
Some rich countries have already begun to provide boosters, or have indicated that they will do so soon. Israel started to provide booster injections for seniors over 60 on July 30, and started to lower the age of eligible vaccination to 12 years old last week.
The United States will also implement a booster injection program from September 20. Anyone who has received the second dose of Pfizer vaccine for more than 8 months can get the third dose as long as their physical conditions are suitable. However, the U.S. government has shrunk the original plan, temporarily only providing the third dose for Pfizer vaccinators, and the Modena that was originally included in the plan (Modern) Vaccines are temporarily excluded.
According to the WHO, 5.5 billion doses of vaccine have been vaccinated globally, but 80% are vaccinated in high- and middle-income countries.
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