Immunization experts do not consider urgent vaccinating children and adolescents, because the rate of serious and critical cases and deaths is low.
Meanwhile, “high coverage has not yet been achieved in all countries among the groups with the highest risk of severe cases”, the WHO stated.
The health agency pointed out that many countries are still a long way from immunizing 40 percent of their populations by the end of 2021, while others have exceeded the figure and are now administering booster vaccines and aim for reaching a 70% immunization by 2022.
There are contracts to manufacture the remaining doses, but it is critical they get to where they are most needed, prioritizhing older people, health workers and other at-risk groups, Adhanom Gebreyesus, WHO Director General, stressed.
Gebreyesus took up the issue about the terrible inequality in access to vaccines, as high and upper-middle income countries used 75 percent of all Covid-19 vaccines produced so far.