Countries cautioned on rush to vaccinate children

In guidance issued on Wednesday, the WHO noted that since children are at lower risk of severe Covid-19 symptoms than adults, wealthy countries should be sharing their vaccines with poorer ones, rather than prioritizing vaccinating the youngest population. Older people and high-risk groups remain the greatest burden of Covid-19.
“As children and adolescents tend to have milder disease compared to adults, unless they are in a group at higher risk of severe COVID-19, it is less urgent to vaccinate them than older people, those with chronic health conditions and health workers,” the guidance said. 
It also noted that many parts of the world “face extreme vaccine shortages” and countries that have vaccinated their highest-risk citizens should “prioritize global sharing” instead of giving jabs to kids.
Wealthy countries were urged to share their vaccines with the COVAX initiative, which is aiming for a fair and equitable distribution of vaccines across the world.
The WHO acknowledged that even though children can experience ‘long COVID-19,’ which includes long-term symptoms, this was still under investigation. The same risk factors that apply to adults – such as obesity, asthma, and heart disease – also apply to children. 
The advice is in contrast with recent developments around the world and comes as many countries have begun authorizing vaccines for children in hopes of keeping infections down as we head into winter. Countries already vaccinating children include the US, UK, EU, Canada, China, India, and Israel. 
Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!
RT News App
© Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”, 2005–2021. All rights reserved.
This website uses cookies. Read RT Privacy policy to find out more.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  ⁄  1  =  five

Next Post

JPMorgan CEO takes back joke about China’s Communist Party

Thu Nov 25 , 2021
Jamie Dimon expresses regret as bank sets sights on growth in China.JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said on Wednesday that he regretted his remarks that the Wall Street bank would last longer than China’s Communist Party, moving quickly to avoid any long-term fallout.Dimon’s comments had risked jeopardizing JPMorgan’s […]