UPDATED 3:40 PM PT – Wednesday, September 8, 2021
The head of the World Health Organization has called for a moratorium on booster shots for the remainder of the year. Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus made the comment on Wednesday, saying boosters should wait until every country has had a chance to vaccinate at least 40 percent of its population.
He acknowledged third doses may be necessary for at risk populations, such as those who are immunocompromised. However, for now he said the WHO doesn’t want to see widespread use of boosters for healthy vaccinated people.
“There has been a lot of talk about vaccine equity, but too little action. High-income countries have promised to donate more than a billion doses, but less than 15 percent of those doses have materialized,” said Ghebreyesus.
90% of high-income countries have reached the 10% #COVID19 vaccination target; 70%+ have reached the 40% target. Not 1 low-income country has reached either target. This is why I call for a booster moratorium extension until the end of 2021.https://t.co/DGXyAJvD5i #VaccinEquity pic.twitter.com/fU8jejdR0K
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) September 8, 2021
His comments come as recent reports citing Dr. Anthony Fauci, said three vaccine doses are likely needed for full protection. Although, such a move has to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration first.