Wealthier nations should postpone plans to give children and teenagers Covid vaccines and donate supplies to low-income countries instead. It was stated by head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, BBC reported.
Speaking at a virtual conference in Geneva on Friday, the WHO's Dr. Tedros said he understood why some countries wanted to vaccinate children and adolescents but said "right now, I urge them to reconsider".
"In low and lower-middle-income countries, Covid-19 vaccine supply has not been enough to even immunize healthcare workers, and hospitals are being inundated with people that need lifesaving care urgently," he said.
Since the first vaccines were approved in December, wealthier countries have bought up most of the supply.
Many are racing to vaccinate as much of their population as possible.
Meanwhile, according to Ghebreyesus, the second year of the coronavirus pandemic could claim far more lives than the first one.
"Covid-19 has already cost more than 3.3 million lives and we’re on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first," he said.