The World Health Organization’s call on Wednesday for a moratorium on boosters until at least the end of September to enable vaccination of at least a tenth of the population in all nations was dismissed as false choice by the White House, with the Press Secretary Jen Psaki claiming that the US can do both, Reuters reports.
The WHO suggested that it’s more urgent to focus on providing basic Covid-19 vaccination to more people than the third booster shot to people that have already been vaccinated.
The WHO’s imperative at the moment, according to its director of immunization vaccines and biologicals Katherine O’Brien, is to vaccinate those who are most vulnerable and exposed to biggest risk of severe disease and death.
She also underlined the fact that it is yet to be proven if booster shots significantly increase immunity to people who are already fully vaccinated, which will also show if they’re needed or not.
Yet, Psaki also noted that delivering a third vaccine is not part of the US plans at the moment though it ordered significant number of doses- 200 million doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID vaccine – to be prepared if the FDA decides to recommend a booster shot.