Ignoring WHO call, Germany & France to offer booster jabs – News Vibe24

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    PARIS / BERLIN: Germany and France will launch Covid-19 vaccine boosters from September, ignoring a World Health Organization (WHO) call for it to be suspended until more people around the world are vaccinated.
    The decision to move forward with supportive plans despite the strongest statement made by the WHO underscores the challenge of tackling a global pandemic as countries strive to protect their citizens from the most contagious Delta variant.
    French President Emmanuel Macron has said France has been working to develop third doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for the elderly and vulnerable since September.
    “A third dose will probably be needed, not for everyone right away, but in any case for the most vulnerable and older,” Macron said on his Instagram account.
    Germany plans to provide boosters to immunocompromised patients, the elderly and nursing home residents from September, the health ministry said.
    WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday called for vaccine boosters to stop at least until the end of September, saying it was unacceptable for rich countries to use more than the global vaccine supply.
    High-income countries provided about 50 installments for every 100 people in May, and that number doubled, according to the WHO. Low-income countries were only able to provide 1.5 installments per 100 people due to a lack of supplies.
    “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 vaccine supply using even more,” Tedros said.
    Germany has denied the allegations, saying it would also donate at least 30 million doses of vaccine to poorer countries.
    “We want to provide vulnerable groups in Germany with a preventive third vaccination and at the same time support the vaccination of as many people in the world as possible,” the ministry said.
    The Macron government is trying to step up France’s vaccination program as the country faces a fourth wave of the virus and street protests in protest of Covid government policies.
    France and Germany have so far given at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine to 64.5% and 62% of their respective populations, with 49% of French and 53% of Germans fully vaccinated.

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