The World Health Organization remains opposed to the widespread effort to give booster vaccines to people in the United States who have received their initial doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The WHO has been critical of ‘booster doses’ from the outset saying citizens in Third World countries are still struggling to get their first Covid-19 vaccine.
Now the WHO is warning that the unequal access to immunizations could lead to more mutated variants that drag out the crisis.
“Blanket booster programs are likely to prolong the pandemic, rather than ending it, by diverting supply to countries that already have high levels of vaccination coverage, giving the virus more opportunity to spread and mutate,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a news briefing on Wednesday December 22nd 2021.
The comments from the WHO come as health officials in the U-S are promoting booster vaccines as a panacea against the easily-spread omicron variant of Covid-19
Anyone over the age of 16 can get a booster vaccine in the United States.
In Israel, residents there, who are over 60, can now get a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U-S are urging people to be safe during holiday gatherings, by being vaccinated, and wearing facemasks, the WHO is urging people to cancel all holiday get-togethers. Period, Full Stop to use a phrase made popular by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
According to the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, currently, the vast majority of Covid hospitalizations and deaths are among unvaccinated people, not vaccinated people without booster shots.
“No country can boost its way out of the pandemic,” he said.
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