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World Health Organization calls for pause on booster COVID-19 shots through September

In an attempt to vaccinate under-developed countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for the cessation of booster shots until September.

In a press briefing, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “I understand the concern of all governments to protect their people from the Delta variant. But we cannot accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it, while the world’s most vulnerable people remain unprotected.”

According to the agency, 80 percent of the 4 billion vaccine doses were distributed to “high and upper middle income” countries. He continued, “High-income countries have now administered almost 100 doses for every 100 people. Meanwhile, low-income countries have only been able to administer 1.5 doses for every 100 people, due to lack of supply.”

Later, Ghebreyesus called on G20, including the US, China, and Russia, to pause the distribution of booster shots and redirect vaccines to countries in need. The exigency of a third vaccine dose is unclear as health leaders and manufacturers contest the issue.

Recent studies suggest the COVID-19 vaccine is less effective against the increasingly common Delta variant, this led pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer, to develop a booster shot. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci and now the WHO suggest a third dose is not necessary.

ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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