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WHO chief urges to delay Covid-19 booster shots and donate vaccine to poor countries

Source : 112 Ukraine

In addition, there is a debate about whether booster shots are effective at all
16:30, 23 August 2021

Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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The WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said that Covid-19 booster shots should be delayed as priority should be given to raising vaccination rates in poor countries. It is reported by The Guardian.

"If vaccination rates are not raised globally, stronger variants of the coronavirus could develop and vaccines intended as booster shots should be donated to countries where people have not received their first or second doses," he said.

Related: India approves world's first DNA vaccine against Covid-19 for emergency use

In addition, there is a debate about whether booster shots are effective at all.

According to Ghebreyesus, those whose immune system is compromised should get a booster shot, though they represent only small percentage of the population.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is not recommending a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. This was announced by Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko.

During the briefing, the head of the Ministry of Health was asked whether it would be necessary to be vaccinated with a booster dose of the vaccine after the expiration of the Covid certificate in order to renew it. To which Lyashko replied that so far WHO does not recommend being vaccinated with a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Related: Germany donates 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Ukraine

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