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WHO Asks Wealthy Countries to Hold Off on COVID Boosters

The global agency says the temporary moratorium will allow least 10% of every country to be vaccinated first 

In a message clearly aimed at wealthier countries, the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the countries and companies that control the production of vaccines need to ensure that every country has access. 

"Even while hundreds of millions of people are still waiting for their first dose, some rich countries are moving towards booster doses," said Tedros. "So far more than 4 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally. More than 80% have gone to high and upper middle income countries, even though they account for less than half of the world's population."

Germany, the UK, and Israel have all announced plans to provide booster shots for certain vulnerable populations.

You can read more about the WHO Director-General's announcement here on CNN's website.