Washington rejects WHO call for moratorium on vaccine recalls

The White House on Wednesday rejected the WHO’s call for a moratorium on recalls of Covid-19 vaccines, saying the United States did not “need” to choose between administering it to its citizens or donate to poor countries.

“It’s a bogus alternative,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said of the World Health Organization (WHO) request. “We think we can do both” and “we don’t need to choose” between administering reminders to Americans, which is not yet officially planned, or helping poor countries. She recalled that the United States had already distributed more than 100 million doses of vaccine against Covid-19 to less privileged countries, or more, according to Washington, than the donations of all the other countries of the world combined.

The United States has not yet made a decision on the administration of booster doses. But Germany and Israel have already announced campaigns for a third dose, for vaccines requiring two initial doses, intended in particular for the elderly. The WHO called on Wednesday to give up recall operations at least until the end of September in an attempt to remedy the gaping inequalities between rich and poor countries.

The White House on Wednesday rejected the WHO’s call for a moratorium on recalls of Covid-19 vaccines, saying the United States did not “need” to choose between administering it to its citizens or by donate to poor countries. “It’s a bogus alternative,” said Jen Psaki, White House spokeswoman, of the World Organization’s request …

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