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a World Health Organization (WHO) On Wednesday, he called for a global suspension of a third dose of vaccines against COVID-19. The call came after Israel and Germany announced they would provide a booster dose for the elderly, while the United Kingdom plans to do the same from September.
“We understand the concern of governments in Protect your variable delta combinations, but we cannot accept that countries that have already used the majority of vaccine supplies will use more while the world’s most vulnerable populations remain unprotected,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Of the total 4 billion doses of vaccines administered worldwide, more than 80% went to high and middle-income countries, which collectively account for less than half of the world’s population, Tedros said, adding that the moratorium will continue until the end of September. , the deadline is set to ensure that at least 10% of each country’s population is fully vaccinated.
Inequality in the availability of vaccines On the rise, experts warned the World Health Organization. While Europe has already vaccinated more than half of its population and the United States about 70%, only 2% of Africans have the complete regimen, and 5% have received only one dose. Tedros noted that rich countries gave nearly 100 doses per 100 population, compared to 1.5 doses per 100 population in poor countries. In order to reach the goal of vaccinating 10% of the population of all countries in the world in just under two months, “it is necessary for everyone to cooperate, especially companies and countries that control the world’s vaccine supply,” he said.
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