The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has asked high-income countries for a moratorium until at least the end of September to administer booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, in order to secure first doses in low-income countries and reach the target of 10 percent of the world’s population vaccinated by the end of September.
Tedros has warned that more than 80 percent of vaccines have ended up in high-income countries, despite the fact that they are only half the population of the entire world. “I understand the concern of all governments to protect their citizens from the delta variant, but we cannot accept that the countries that have used the majority of the vaccine supply still use more vaccines, while the most vulnerable people in others parts of the world are still unprotected, “he wielded.
“In May I asked for global support to make a ‘sprint’ towards September in order for countries to vaccinate at least 10 percent of their population by the end of September; now we’ve reached the halfway point of that time frame and we are still off target», Has alerted.
In May, high-income countries had administered 50 doses per 100 people, but now the figure has doubled, standing at 100 doses per 100 people, the WHO warns. “Meanwhile, low-income countries inoculate 1.5 doses per 100 people due to lack of vaccines,” lamented Tedros.
For it, has requested the collaboration of countries and companies that control the global supply of vaccines. “The course of the pandemic depends on the leadership of the G-20 countries,” said the director general of the WHO, who has asked them to give priority to Covax.
Finally, he recalled that vaccines are not the only tool to end the pandemic. “We can only defeat it with a comprehensive approach in combination with social and public health measures that we know work,” he said.
Israel and Uruguay, pioneers
While many Western countries are still struggling to expand the population with the full Covid vaccination schedule, Israel became the first to administer a third injection to people over 60 years old since last Friday.
To boost the campaign, President Isaac Herzog, 60, and his wife Michal received the third dose of Pfizer / BioNTech at Sheba Hospital in suburban Tel Aviv. Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also gave himself a third injection.
For its part, Uruguay This Tuesday opened the agenda for those who – after being immunized with Coronavac or AstraZeneca – choose to receive a third dose, in this case from Pfizer, as approved last week by the health authorities.