The World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on Covid-19 booster shots in wealthy countries through September of 2021.
It’s doing that because poor countries continue to struggle to get access to Covid-19 vaccines to give people their first vaccine dose.
W-H-O Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it’s unacceptable for the countries that have already used most of the world’s Covid-19 vaccine supply to use more for booster shots, while the many of the world’s most vulnerable are unprotected.
So the W-H-O is asking rich countries to hold off on giving Covid-19 booster shots, and allow other nations to vaccinate their most vulnerable people, including front-line health workers.
The goal is to get 10% of the population of each country vaccinated by the end of September 2021, and 40% of the world’s population vaccinated by December 2021.
Two hands wearing blue latex medical gloves, inserting a vaccine needle into a patient’s arm.
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