In addition, he added that the United States will also provide half a billion additional shots worldwide in the first half of next year.
It comes as World Health Organization chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan warned of “even more dire situations” around the world if high-income countries start administering vaccine boosters before poorer countries without vaccines.
Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, she said: “We clearly believe the data does not indicate that boosters are needed.”
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WHO has repeatedly called for equity in vaccines and “solidarity” between countries. WHO Emergency Chief Dr Michael Ryan said: ‘If we think of it in terms of analogy, we are planning to distribute additional life vests to people who already have life vests, while we let the others drown without a single life jacket.
The United States has said it plans to make booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine widely available from September 20.
The decision was made because of infections with the Delta variant and also because of data indicating decreased protection against vaccines over time.
Officials are ready to give a third injection to Americans who completed their inoculation at least 8 months ago.
The booster injections will initially focus on healthcare workers, nursing home residents and the elderly, among the first groups to be vaccinated in late 2020 and early 2021, senior US health officials said in a statement. joint press release.