Aug. 4 (UPI) — The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday called on wealthier countries to stop allowing people who are fully vaccinated to receive booster COVID-19 shots and instead send those doses to poorer nations.
During a news conference in Geneva, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged a booster moratorium of about two months.
In making the appeal, Ghebreyesus said the WHO’s goal is to have at least 10% of each country’s population vaccinated by the end of September.
He said wealthier countries, such as the United States and Britain, have administered nearly 100 doses of vaccine per 100 people. In developing nations, that figure is less than two doses per 100 people. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both require each person to receive two doses to be fully vaccinated.