The World Health Organization has opposed the mass vaccination of children, arguing its opinion on the low level of severe disease at this age.
As reported TASSWHO does not recommend universal vaccination of adolescents and children, noting that high-risk groups have not yet been vaccinated in many countries. The organization said in a statement:
“WHO does not currently recommend universal vaccination for children and adolescents because the burden of serious illness in this age group is low and because wide coverage (immunization) has not been achieved in all countries among the groups most at risk of serious illness.”
General Director of the organization Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus, speaking on Wednesday at a briefing in Geneva, once again drew attention to the lack of equality in the distribution of vaccines in the world:
“While some countries are now implementing universal booster programs, only half of the WHO Member States were able to achieve vaccination of 40% of their population by the end of the year. Worldwide lack of equity in access to vaccines has cost many lives. “
The head of WHO believes that additional measures are urgently needed to ensure equal access to vaccines. He emphasizes that the emergence of the omicron strain indicates the need for an early solution to this problem. Priority should be given to health workers, the elderly, and other populations at increased risk but have not yet received their first or second vaccine. He did not fail to point out that in Africa, three out of four health workers are still not vaccinated.