New Delhi: World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has opposed the “widespread use of boosters” for healthy people, for now, underscoring the need to get doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to poorer countries.
Speaking in Berlin on Wednesday, the WHO chief also said that the United Nations (UN) health agency last week witnessed the first decline in new global Covid-19 cases in almost more than two months.
“This is obviously very welcome but it doesn’t mean much,” he said as numerous other countries are still witnessing steep growth and “shocking inequities” in access to COVID vaccines.
Tedros also added that he called for a moratorium on COVID booster shots at least until September-end “to allow those countries that are furthest behind to catch up.”
“Third doses may be necessary for the most at-risk populations, where there is evidence of waning immunity against severe disease and death,” the WHO chief said.
Tedros adds the “very small group” of immuno-compromised individuals who did not respond sufficiently to their original shots or are no longer producing antibodies.
“But for now, we do not want to see widespread use of boosters for healthy people who are fully vaccinated,” he added.