World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gestures during a press conference following an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo on May 18, 2018 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 3:40 PM PT – Wednesday, September 8, 2021
The head of the World Health Organization has called for a moratorium on booster shots for the remainder of the year. Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus made the comment on Wednesday, saying boosters should wait until every country has had a chance to vaccinate at least 40 percent of its population.
He acknowledged third doses may be necessary for at risk populations, such as those who are immunocompromised. However, for now he said the WHO doesn’t want to see widespread use of boosters for healthy vaccinated people.
“There has been a lot of talk about vaccine equity, but too little action. High-income countries have promised to donate more than a billion doses, but less than 15 percent of those doses have materialized,” said Ghebreyesus.
His comments come as recent reports citing Dr. Anthony Fauci, said three vaccine doses are likely needed for full protection. Although, such a move has to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration first.