The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that wealthier countries should postpone their plans to vaccinate children and adolescents against COVID-19 and donate vaccines to low-income countries.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday called on countries to provide more vaccines to Covax's global fair access system. The international spread of the Covid vaccine is still very uneven.
Since the first batch of vaccines was approved in December, wealthy countries have purchased most of the vaccine. They compete to vaccinate as many people as possible.
At a virtual meeting in Geneva on Friday, the WHO doctor Tedros said that he understands why some countries want to vaccinate children and adolescents, but he said: “For now, I urge you to reconsider your views.” He said: “In low- and middle-income countries, the Covid-19 vaccine supply is not enough to immunize medical staff, and the hospitals are in urgent need of life-saving.”
Last week, US President Joe Biden announced plans to start vaccinating people aging 12-15 with the coronavirus vaccine. He also predicts that 70% of adults in the United States will receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 4th July when American families will get together to celebrate Independence Day.
The Covax program aims to vaccinate 20% of the population in the 92 poorest countries initially enrolled in medical services.