COVID booster dose campaigns will not end pandemic, WHO says
Booster dose campaigns are likely to prolong the pandemic instead of ending it, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday, stating that the campaigns were not a ticket to go ahead with holiday festivities.
"No country can boost its way out of the pandemic," he added.
"Boosters cannot be seen as a ticket to go ahead with the planned celebrations without the need for other precautions," Dr Tedros added.
He urged countries to focus on supporting countries in vaccinating 40% of their populations.
Many Western countries have moved forward with adult booster campaigns as the more transmissible Omicron variant spreads.
The new variant has been reported in at least 106 countries as of this week, WHO said.
2022 must be the end of the COVID-19 pandemic but it must also be the beginning of something else, a new era of solidarity.