Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), asked for the freezing of booster doses of Coronavirus vaccinations to make them available to countries that have only vaccinated a tiny portion of their population.
On Wednesday, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus requested that booster doses of Coronavirus vaccines be frozen to make them available to countries where just a small percentage of their population has been vaccinated.
“Instead, we want to focus on providing the first and second doses to individuals who are most at risk of severe illness and death,” Catherine O’Brien, head of the World Health Organization’s Department of Immunization, Vaccines, and Bioproducts, told reporters.
The White House rejected the World Health Organization’s demand to halt the delivery of vaccination booster doses on Wednesday, stating that the US “does not need” to choose between giving booster doses and sending aid to needy countries.
“It’s a terrible alternative,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in response to the WHO request, adding, “We think we can do both… we don’t need to pick” between delivering third doses to Americans and assisting impoverished nations, which has yet to be formally determined in any way.
According to data compiled by the “Bloomberg” news agency, anti-virus vaccinations have been delivered in 4 billion and 215 million doses worldwide.
China, India, the European Union, the United States, Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Turkey are the countries that have administered the most doses worldwide. Given the country’s population fluctuation, the number of doses delivered does not represent the proportion of vaccinated persons.