SIX TIMES more booster shots of coronavirus vaccine are being administered around the world daily than primary doses in low-income countries, the director-general of the World Health Organisation said on Friday, calling the disparity“a scandal that must stop now”.
The official, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and others at the WHO have regularly criticized wealthy nations for hoarding vaccines while lower-income countries do not have enough doses to vaccinate their elderly, frontline health care workers, and other high-risk groups. In August, Tedros called for a global moratorium on boosters that he later extended until the end of the year.
However, nations including Germany, Israel, Canada, and the United States have gone ahead with booster programs. The WHO said in an email that 92 countries had confirmed programs to provide added doses and that none of them were low-income.
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