(RepublicanInformer.com)- While the Biden administration pushes for everyone over 16 to get a booster shot, the World Health Organization’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week warned that such blanket booster programs would prolong the pandemic.
Tedros fears that western countries focusing on getting a third shot in the arms of fully vaccinated people will only deprive poor countries of the vaccine supply they need to get their populations vaccinated.
Here in the US, health officials are urging everyone over the age of 16 to get a booster shot. Meanwhile, many countries still haven’t administered the initial doses of the COVID vaccines to the majority of their populations. Tedros sees this as unequal access to immunizations.
In short, the Biden administration is being selfish and hogging more than its fair share of vaccines.
Last Wednesday, Tedros argued that rather than ending the pandemic, blanket booster programs like the one promoted by the Biden administration, “are likely to prolong the pandemic.” Tedros said booster programs divert the vaccine supply to countries with high vaccination rates and away from countries still struggling to get people vaccinated. This will give the virus “more opportunity to spread and mutate.”
This “vaccine inequality,” Tedros explained, will make countries with low access to initial doses breeding grounds for mutating variants.
Some “experts” interviewed by NBC News agreed with Tedros’ warning, arguing that the Omicron variant was linked to “vaccine inequality” because, in South Africa where Omicron originated, only 26 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.
Tedros observed that if “vaccine inequality” continues, more mutant strains like Omicron may emerge. He said the reason only half of the WHO member states have 40 percent of their population vaccinated is because of “distortions in global supply.”
Had the vaccine supply been distributed “equitably,” Tedros said, the targeted vaccination rate of 40 percent could have been reached in every country by September of this year. To improve vaccination rates globally, he added, the global priority has to shift to assisting all countries in reaching the 40 percent threshold as soon as possible.
“No country can boost its way out of the pandemic,” Tedros said.