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World Health Organization says countries should postpone plans for COVID-19 child vaccinations

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Posted: Saturday, May 15, 2021. 9:04 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma: Many countries around the world continue to encourage their populations to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones against COVID-19.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that wealthier nations should postpone plans to give children COVID-19 vaccines and instead donate supplies to low income countries.

The WHO’s COVAX facility continue to assist low income countries to have access to vaccines.

WHO’s Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries to supply more vaccines to the global fair-access scheme Covax.

Health authorities say that the international distribution of vaccines remain uneven.

Rich countries have purchased and acquired much of the COVID-19 vaccine supply.

At this time, Dr. Tedros is urging countries to reconsider focus on children’s vaccines and to provide COVID-19 vaccines to COVAX.

“In low and lower-middle income countries, Covid-19 vaccine supply has not been enough to even immunise healthcare workers, and hospitals are being inundated with people that need lifesaving care urgently,” he said.

Just last week, U.S. President Joe Biden said that it planned to have vaccine shots available for 12 to 15 year olds.

Health and frontline workers in India have not yet been vaccinated and WHO says that it is a moral catastrophe which could greatly impact other countries.

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