Sumary of DoH supports WHO’s call on booster doses:
- The Department of Health (DoH) has expressed support for the call of the World Health Organization (WHO) that the introduction of booster doses should be backed by strong evidence and must target population groups in “greatest need.
- “WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged richer countries to observe a moratorium on the delivery of the booster doses until the end of the year to enable countries to vaccinate at least 40 percent of their population.
- “But for now, we do not want to see widespread use of boosters for healthy people who are fully vaccinated,” Tedros told a WHO press briefing on Wednesday.
- He said he was “appalled” that countries belonging to the Group of Seven or G7 have enough vaccines for all adults and teenagers as well as provisions for booster doses for those at-risk sectors in those countries.
- In a written response to the media, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DoH supports the call of the WHO on the introduction of booster doses.
- Vergeire, however, suggested striking a balance between safety and equity and a sustainable health care system.