The World Health Organization (WHO) is extending its request for a moratorium on COVID-19 booster shots until the end of this year.
The group previously asked for countries to not roll out additional doses until the end of September so that other countries can get the shots who have not had as much access to them.
“There has been little change in the global situation since then, so today I am calling for an extension of the moratorium until at least the end of the year to enable every country to vaccinate at least 40% of its population,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a briefing Wednesday, per CNBC.
According to the organization, around 5.5 billion vaccine doses have been administered around the world, but 80% have been distributed in high- or upper-middle income nations.
“I will not stay silent when the companies and countries that control the global supply of vaccines think the world’s poor should be satisfied with leftovers,” Tedros