WHO calls for delaying extra doses of coronavirus vaccines to help poor countries
The World Health Organization called on the richest countries to stop their plans to reinforce immunization against COVID-19, in order to ensure that more nations with high poverty can vaccinate their population before December
The World Health Organization ( WHO ) called on rich nations to halt their efforts to distribute booster vaccines against COVID-19 , in order to improve the distribution of immunization in poorer countries.
“We need an urgent reversal of most vaccines going to high-income countries, with the majority going to low-income countries ,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a conference of press.
The WHO’s approach is that by December 40 percent of the world’s population will be vaccinated.
“ The big picture here is, as a policy, not to move forward with reinforcers until we get to the whole world at a point where older populations , people with comorbidities, people who work on the front line are all protected to the extent of as possible with vaccines, ”said WHO adviser Dr. Bruce Aylward .
The position of that organism occurs amid the increase in cases of coronavirus with the delta and lambda viariants , which are more aggressive and easily contagious.
WHO experts consider that the entire world is at risk and therefore vaccines must be ensured for everyone.
“The whole world is in the middle of this, and as we’ve seen with the emergence of variant after variant, we can’t get out of it unless everyone comes out together,” Aylward said. “With the huge disparity in vaccination coverage, we are just not going to be able to do that.”
Experts ruled out that this affects rich countries , even if they face a new wave of infections with the new variants.
In the US there is not yet a policy of reinforcement, as in Israel.
WHO officials expect that by 2022 70% of the world’s population will be vaccinated.
President Joe Biden reported on Tuesday the distribution of more vaccines worldwide , at least 500 million, but noted that 111 million doses have been sent to more than 60 countries.