The increasing use of boosters is “immoral, unfair and unjust and must stop,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told CNN’s Becky Anderson on Tuesday.
“Starting Boosters is really the worst thing we can do as a global community. It is unjust and also unfair because we will not stop the pandemic by ignoring an entire continent and the continent that has no production capacity in any other way. ” he said.
South America, North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania have all given more than 50% of their population a single dose of vaccine, while only 7% of the population of Africa received a dose, Tedros said.
In September, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for certain people.
In addition, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has instructed the countries of the European Union to issue “official recommendations on the use of booster doses, taking into account new efficacy data and limited safety data”.
The EMA says that people with normal immune systems can consider a booster dose of BioNTech / Pfizer “at least 6 months after the second dose for people 18 years and older”.
The agency is currently evaluating data to also support a booster dose for the Moderna vaccine.