WHO urges to prioritize vaccines for poor countries, not children

Geneva, Switzerland.- Given that children and adolescents are at a lower risk of severe Covid-19, countries should prioritize sharing vaccine doses with the COVAX program to bring urgently needed supplies to poorer countries, said the Wednesday the World Health Organization.

Rare cases of heart inflammation, called myocarditis, have been reported in young men who received the mRNA vaccines – Pfizer and Moderna – but these were generally mild and responded to treatment, the entity said in a statement.

“As many parts of the world face extreme vaccine shortages, countries with high coverage in at-risk populations should prioritize the global delivery of Covid-19 vaccines before vaccinating children and adolescents.” said the WHO.

WHO has also urged rich countries not to prioritize booster vaccines, but to get vaccines to poor countries.

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