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WHO fights COVID-19 booster shots


A COVID-19 patient in the hospital in Chad Associated Press/Photo by Sunday Alamba

WHO fights COVID-19 booster shots

Germany recently announced it would start administering coronavirus boosters to the elderly, immunocompromised, and those who received single-dose vaccines. France said people who got vaccinated early on would be eligible for boosters in September. On Wednesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus asked high-income countries to donate extra vaccines and resources to low-income countries still struggling to administer first doses. Pfizer has advocated third supplemental doses, and the U.S. and Britain are considering the option amid surges in Delta variant infections, including among vaccinated people.

Why are other countries so far behind? WHO reported poorer countries have only dispersed 1.5 doses per 100 people due to lack of supply. The organization expects to fall short of the goal to get at least 10 percent of the population of every country vaccinated by September. Tedros called for “global solidarity” from economically prosperous countries and said research has not indicated a need for booster shots.

Dig deeper: Read John Dawson’s report in Beginnings on India’s fight against COVID-19.


Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

@CarolinaLumetta

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Nanamiro

It's been very strange to watch wealthy countries over the last six months vaccinate low risk citizens, even those who'd already recovered from Covid and had a very low chance of getting it again (let alone a serious case of Covid), while high risk people around the world with limited medical resources got nothing or next to nothing. These types of decisions seem to go against our goal of saving lives.

Laura WNanamiro

I'm with you there. I guess too many people are thinking of America first.