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WHO chief calls for 2-month moratorium on booster shoots

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during the 74th World Health Assembly, at the WHO headquarters, in Geneva, May 24, 2021.
Christopher Black/World Health Organization/AFPWorld Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during the 74th World Health Assembly, at the WHO headquarters, in Geneva, May 24, 2021.

Tedros 'disappointed' that wealthy countries stockpiling vaccines at expense of developing countries

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday continued to speak out against "vaccine nationalism," calling for a two-month moratorium on booster shots.

Tedros told reporters in Hungary's capital of Budapest that he was "really disappointed" at the lack of vaccine donations globally as wealthier nations stockpile vaccines and begin to offer a third dose to their populations while many developing countries struggle with administering a first or second dose.

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The WHO chief called on countries offering booster shots “to share what can be used for boosters with other countries so [they] can increase their first and second vaccination coverage.”

Israel has for months been offering a third vaccine dose, steadily lowering the eligibility age, with the 30 plus age cohort next in line for the booster.

Last week, US health officials announced that a third vaccine dose would be available to all Americans starting on September 20th pending approval from regulatory agencies.

Israel, the US and other countries are struggling to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus fueled by the highly contagious delta variant with governments seeing the booster shot as a way to bring down daily infections as the protection levels from the first two doses starts to wane.