World Health Organization Leadership Urges a Delay on COVID-19 Boosters

World Health Organization Leadership Urges a Delay on COVID-19 Boosters

With advanced booster programs already ongoing in advanced countries, the topic of health equity becomes central to organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact, recently, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), has requested once again that the governments of the wealthiest member-states hold off on the distribution of COVID-19 booster shots through at least the month of September. Why? Because WHO has declared 11 billion doses are necessary worldwide as the vaccination rates in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) struggle while nations such as Israel and even the United States experienced an oversupply of product—actual gluts in some cases. The developing world becomes fertile territory for ongoing SARS-CoV-2 mutation, goes the argument, while many argue the case for booster shots isn’t that certain as studies are still ongoing.

Which Side is Closer to the Truth?

Emerging divisions in the WHO are palpable as the Washington Post recently reported that boosters are not some luxurious program, but actually a necessity, declared the head of WHO in Europe. According to the WHO, more than 5 bil...

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