Director-general of the World Well being Group (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated throughout an replace on Tuesday that he was “notably involved” about international locations with low COVID-19 vaccination charges, “as persons are many occasions extra prone to extreme sickness and demise.”
“I am proud COVAX delivered its one billionth dose over the weekend. After all, it isn’t sufficient and we should always do extra,” he stated. “At a time of Omicron, it stays extra vital than ever to get vaccines to the unvaccinated.”
Creating nations have struggled with vaccination, after restricted doses of costly vaccines had been snapped up by wealthier international locations.
Throughout the replace, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan additionally stated there may be presently no proof that wholesome youngsters and adolescents want booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. She added that whereas there appears to be some waning of vaccine immunity over time in opposition to the Omicron variant, extra analysis must be performed to establish who wants booster doses.
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