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WHO presses world leaders to hold off on Covid vaccine booster shots through September

  • The World Health Organization asked world leaders again to hold off on giving Covid-19 booster shots so poorer nations can vaccinate more of their populations with first doses.
  • Nearly 1 million boosters have already been administered in the U.S. since health officials authorized the third shots of Pfizer's or Moderna's vaccines for people with weakened immune systems on Aug. 12.
  • More than 5 billion Covid vaccine shots have been administered globally, with 75% of them in just 10 countries, according to the WHO.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020.Fabrice Coffrini | Pool | Reuters

The World Health Organization asked world leaders again to hold off on administering Covid-19 boosters for at least another month to give poorer nations the chance to inoculate more of their populations with first doses.

More than 5 billion Covid vaccine shots have been administered globally, with 75% of them administered in just 10 countries, according to the WHO.

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