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WHO further questions need for booster vaccines to be administered

Dr. Mike Ryan of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has further questioned the need for booster Covid-19 vaccines to be administered in developed nations.

The executive director of the WHO’s emergency programme said the prospect of booster vaccines being given to people who have already received two shots raised ethical questions.

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Low income and developing countries have received 0.3% of global vaccine supplies, Dr. Ryan noted.

“It is a tragedy that we still have doctors and nurses in front-line situations in low-income countries who are not protected against Covid,” he said.

“The idea that fit and healthy people who currently have two doses require a booster dose, at this point, we don’t have the evidence to support that,” Dr. Ryan said.

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“Apart from that, there’s the ethical argument. How can we do that?”

Dr. Ryan said that while some people may require a third vaccine for health reasons, giving boosters to healthy people was like giving two life jackets to some people on the Titanic.

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