Top US Health Officials Reject WHO Critique.
We must protect our citizens while simultaneously recognizing the need to control the epidemic and vaccinate everyone, worldwide.
The World Health Organization has criticized the United States for offering COVID booster injections to immunized Americans when other world areas still lack access to coronavirus vaccinations.
The Biden administration recommended on Wednesday that anyone over 18 who got the Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations get a third booster injection eight months after their second dosage.
Booster injections will be available on Sept. 20, pending FDA clearance.
The White House COVID-19 Response Team was instructed to reply to Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies department, who opposed the action.
"We're going to provide additional life jackets to individuals who already have them while allowing others to die," Ryan added.
The US can do both, according to COVID Response Coordinator Jeff Zients.
"To stop this epidemic, we must protect Americans and continue to vaccine the world," Zients added. They both matter.
The US gave 50 million vaccine shots to citizens in June and July while shipping over 100 million abroad.
And the US has given more dosages than all other nations combined.
"We've already shown we can defend our own while helping others," Zients added.
The US plans to give 100 million booster injections to Americans in the following months and export 200 million vaccine doses to foreign nations.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy criticized Ryan's analogy.
'We cannot choose between America and the globe,' Murthy remarked.
"We recognize our duty to both."
"We have to safeguard individuals here at home while also acknowledging that containing the pandemic and vaccinating people globally is critical to avoiding subsequent variants," he said. "We know."