Germany to give COVID-19 vaccine boosters to vulnerable groups in September
The World Health Organization's head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on Wednesday for a
halt on COVID-19 vaccine boosters until at least the end of September, saying it was unacceptable for rich countries to use more of the global vaccine supply.The plan also recommends promoting vaccination for those aged 12-17, which would go further than earlier guidance issued by the country's vaccine regulator.Share this content Bookmark MOSCOW: Russian karate athlete Anna Chernysheva has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of the Tokyo Olympics, Russia's Karate Federation said.Advertisement Asia Residents wait at the observation area during a COVID-19 vaccination session for those aged between 12 and 14, in Heihe, Heilongjiang province, China on Aug 3, 2021.
Germany rejected those accusations, saying it would also donate at least 30 million vaccine doses to countries where there have hardly been any vaccinations up till now."We want to provide the vulnerable groups in Germany with a precautionary third vaccination and at the same time support the vaccination of as many people in the world as possible," the ministry said.Mobile vaccination teams will be sent into care and nursing homes to offer Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna booster shots to residents, regardless of which vaccine they had originally, says the document.Germany has so far given at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to 62 per cent of its population, with almost 54 per cent fully-vaccinated." On Wednesday, the federation said Chernysheva was feeling fine physically and had no other signs of illness.BERLIN: Germany plans to give vulnerable people a COVID-19 vaccine booster in September, the Health Ministry said on Thursday (Aug 5), ignoring a World Health Organization appeal to refrain from giving third doses while poor countries remain unvaccinated.The text justifies the initiative by citing recent studies showing that protection from infection declines with time, putting vulnerable people at risk again."The possibility of a booster vaccine in September is intended to ensure that those who are particularly at risk are adequately protected," the ministry said.The number of cases has increased for five consecutive days since Jul 30.
Risk groups include immunocompromised patients, the very elderly and nursing home residents, it added.There are also concerns about a slowdown in the country's vaccination rate, with just over 52 percent of the population fully jabbed.Advertisement Advertisement Russian athletes are competing under the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) flag at the Tokyo Olympics as part of sanctions for several doping scandals.Related:.
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