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WHO criticises wealthy nations that don’t share vaccines with poorer ones

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has criticised rich nations that do not share their additional stock of Covid-19 vaccines with poorer countries where vaccine supply is scarce.

Executive Director of the WHO Dr. Mike Ryan stated that if developed countries continue to use additional vaccine supplies for booster doses while millions in developing nations have no protection from the virus, “the queue just gets longer”.

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He was also critical of pharmaceutical companies that were making a profit by manufacturing doses for countries that have “two or three” times the supplies they need and not sharing them with the COVAX programme.

He added that developed countries pledged to donate to COVAX but only 15% of vaccines were delivered, stating that “Pledges don’t make donations” and “you can’t stick pledges in people’s arms”.

Dr. Ryan said that administering booster jabs when certain people in the world are not vaccinated is not an “either/or” situation while adding that it’s possible to do both.

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He said that it was about “Big Pharma putting profit before people and before our planet”.

Professor of Experimental Immunology at Trinity College Dublin Kingston Mills stated that administering booster vaccines is going to “get us out of this hole we are in”.

He also pointed to studies in Israel that showed how immunity against Covid-19 resumed to 90% after a booster vaccine was administered.

IMAGE – “Switzerland China Virus Outbreak” (Public Domain) by brucedetorres@gmail.com/”201214-D-BN624-0811″ (CC BY 2.0) by U.S. Secretary of Defense

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