Jen Psaki, White House Press secretary, took issue Wednesday with An plea of the World Health Organization for rich countries to issue a moratorium on COVID-19 booster vaccines to more of the developing world has his . receive first doses.
“U.S view is that this one false choice,” said Psaki during a daily briefing in the White House. “The United States has donated and shared approximately 140 million doses with over 90 countries, more than all the others countries combined. We donate half a billion doses up to 100 countries in need.”
Hours earlier, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on a news conference die rich countries like the United States should delay off of offering booster shots for “healthy people who are fully vaccinated.”
“I called a month ago for An global moratorium on booster dose, in at least until the end of September, to prioritize vaccinating the most at-risk people around the world who [have] not yet received first dose,” Tedros said. “Little has changed” in the global situation since then.”
He added die booster shots die now be given in rich countries through Europe should be stopped until the end of the year, of until every nation in able to vaccinate “40” percent of to be population.”
Pending approval by the US Food and Drug Administration, booster shots will be made on a large scale available in the United States on September 20. They are already is given to individuals on highest risk for COVID-19.
Last month, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy rejected criticism of the plan to roll out booster shots.
“I don’t accept the idea that we have to choose between America and the… world’ said Murthy. “We clearly see our responsibility for both.”
“We must do everything we can to protect” people hereby home, while he recognizes that stamping down the pandemic and getting people vaccinated over the world is becoming key in order to prevent rise of future variants,” he says. “We know Which.”
The disparity between nations is great when it comes to the percentage of fully vaccinated burgers. Oil rich countries like the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are fully vaccinated more than 76 percent of their population, but poorer countries, like Haiti and Congo have only 0.1 . vaccinated percent of die of them, according to data collected by the New York Times.
“I will not be silent when companies and countries die be in control global delivery of vaccines think the world is bad should be satisfied with leftovers,” Tedros said Wednesday. “Because manufacturers have prioritized of be legally obliged to honor bilateral deals with rich countries willing to pay top dollar, low income countries have been robbed of the tools to protect them people.”
Psaki refuted die criticism by pointing to American efforts to help other countries to produce vaccines, and said the Biden administration is justified in to American burgers to protect.
“Last week we have announced a plan to invest $2.7 billion in production critical vaccine entry and extended filling finish rows at factories. From Senegal to South Africa to India, we have made significant investments in stimulate global productions of COVID-19 vaccines,” said Psaki. “At the same time, the President and this administration have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect.” people in the United States, in this country. And since our health advisors have recommended additional booster shots, we’re working to implement that.
About 5.6 billion vaccine doses for the coronavirus have been administered so far, according to WHO, but 80 percent of die have gone to countries die as rich of considered middle-income. Tedros also noted that commitments of vaccine donations from rich countries have not yet ‘materialized’.
“We do not want each more promises, we just want the vaccines,” he said. “We have the tools. To be clear what needs to be done. This is the time for true leadership, not empty promises.”
With coverage by Dylan Stableford.
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