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WHO Seeks Halt to Boosters to Let Poorer Nations Catch Up

  • Pause should last at least until end of September, Tedros says
  • It’s still not clear if boosters are necessary, official says
    
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The World Health Organization called for a moratorium on Covid-19 booster shots to enable poorer countries to catch up in vaccination rates.

The halt on third doses should be in place until at least the end of September, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a media briefing on Wednesday. That would help achieve the WHO’s goal to vaccinate at least 10% of the population in every country by that date, protecting health-care workers and vulnerable people.