WHO warns against renewed vaccine hoarding

A WHO expert has cautioned that the omicron variant could prompt wealthy countries to stockpile vaccines once more. In the meanwhile, Slovakia is paying those over the age of 60 to get vaccinated. The most recent information is available at DW.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised against wealthy countries stockpiling vaccines as the new omicron coronavirus type spreads around the world.

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Although the number of doses delivered to low-income countries through the COVAX vaccine sharing program has increased in recent months, thanks in part to India’s resumption of exporting AstraZeneca vaccines, there’s a good chance that richer countries will cut back on vaccine supplies to focus on their own booster programs.

“As we approach whatever the omicron scenario is, there is a risk that global supply will revert to high-income nations hoarding vaccine,” said WHO vaccine director Kate O’Brien.

She also stated that one of COVAX’s significant issues is the contribution of vaccination doses from wealthier countries with limited shelf life, resulting in high wastage rates.

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