The increased use of boosters is “immoral, unfair and unjust and must stop,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told CNN’s Becky Anderson on Tuesday.
“Initiating a booster is really the worst we can do as a global community. It is unjust and even unfair because we will not stop the pandemic by ignoring an entire continent, and a continent that has no manufacturing capacity of other means.” No,” she said.
Tedros said South America, North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania have all given the same vaccine dose to more than 50% of their population, while only 7% of Africa’s population has received a single dose.
In September, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a booster dose of Pfizer’s vaccine for some people.
In addition the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has directed EU countries to “issue official recommendations on the use of booster doses, taking into account emerging effectiveness data and limited safety data”.
The EMA says that for people with normal immune systems, a booster dose of BioNTech/Pfizer “may be considered for at least 6 months after a second dose for people 18 years of age and older.”
The agency is currently evaluating data to support a booster dose for Moderna Vaccine.