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WHO Leader Opposes 'Widespread' Use Of Boosters

Tedros said the G20 group of nations had a vital leadership role to play because those countries are the biggest producers, consumers and donors of Covid-19 jabs.

Tedros said the G20 group of nations had a vital leadership role to play because those countries are the biggest producers, consumers and donors of Covid-19 jabs.

U.N. health agency last week witnessed the first decline in new global cases in more than two months.

The head of the World Health Organisation says he opposes widespread use of boosters for healthy people for now, underscoring the need to get doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to poorer countries. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke in Berlin on Wednesday. He says the U.N. health agency last week witnessed the first decline in new global cases in more than two months.

He says, this is obviously very welcome but it doesn’t mean much, since many countries are still seeing steep increases and shocking inequities in access to vaccines. Tedros says he’s called for a moratorium on booster shots at least until the end of September to allow those countries that are furthest behind to catch up.

He says third doses may be necessary for the most at-risk populations, where there is evidence of waning immunity against severe disease and death." He cites the very small group of immuno-compromised people who didn’t respond sufficiently to their original shots or are no longer producing antibodies. Tedros adds: But for now, we do not want to see widespread use of boosters for healthy people who are fully vaccinated.

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first published:September 02, 2021, 00:36 IST