WHO urges halt to COVID-19 booster shots for rest of 2021

WHO urges halt to COVID-19 booster shots for rest of 2021

WHO urges halt to COVID-19 booster shots for rest of 2021

The World Health Organization’s Director-General is calling on rich countries with large supplies of COVID-19 vaccines to refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year.

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The Director-General had previously called for a “moratorium” on booster shots through the end of September, but wealthy nations including Israel, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain and the US have begun or are still considering plans to offer them to vulnerable people such as the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.

Approximately 5.5 billion COVID-19 vaccines have been administered so far — 80% of which have been to upper- and middle-income countries.