The World Health Organization (WHO) has strongly warned that wealthy countries may start hoarding COVID-19 vaccines again, threatening the global supplies as they seek to keep up stocks to fight the new Omicron Coronavirus variant.
The agency’s vaccine director, Kate O’Brien stated this on Thursday, December 10.
According to reports, WHO and vaccine charity GAVI run an international dose-sharing programme with rich countries but with the new variant , supplies to poor nations could reduce .
“We have to make sure that it [higher shipments] continues,” O’Brien said.
“As we head into whatever the Omicron situation is going to be, there is risk that the global supply is again going to revert to high-income countries hoarding vaccines” as they seek to protect their ability to inoculate their citizens, she said later.