Tedros Bashes Booster Plans

Dayana Keshet receives a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Netanya, Israel on August 1, 2021. Image: Amir Levy/Getty
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Dayana Keshet receives a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Netanya, Israel on August 1, 2021. Image: Amir Levy/Getty

Don’t be greedy. Think of others less fortunate.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave an Ethics 101 lecture yesterday to wealthy countries eyeing COVID-19 booster shots for their citizens rather than sharing with poorer countries.

Tedros argued that wealthy countries should first meet WHO’s goal of 10% vaccination coverage in every nation, The Washington Post reports.

The Quote: “We cannot and we should not accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it while the world’s most vulnerable people remain unprotected,” Tedros said.

Uneven math: Thus far, high- and upper-middle-income countries have consumed 80% of doses though they make up less than half of the world’s population.

The Biden administration cried “false choice” saying both allocation strategies can be done simultaneously, noting the US has already donated more than 110 million doses worldwide—more donations than the rest of the world combined.

Germany and France shrugged off Tedros’s appeal, saying their most vulnerable will receive booster shots starting in September, according to France24.

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