Did the director of the World Health Organization say that Corona vaccines kill children and asked to stop giving the third dose?

Did WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus say that corona vaccines kill children? Has the World Health Organization called on countries to stop the third dose? The answers and more are in this comprehensive report with details of the latest data on booster doses of the corona vaccine.

Did the Director-General of the World Health Organization say that corona vaccines kill children?

The answer is no, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, did not say that “Covid-19” vaccines are used to kill children, according to the website. “سنوبس” (Snopes) AndFrench Press Agency.

The Snopes website said that in late December 2021, some social media users posted a false claim that the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had stated that (Covid-19) vaccines were “used to kill children,” according to a video.

The video came from a press conference on December 20, 2021, in which Ghebreyesus discussed vaccine-booster vaccines. According to the BBCGhebreyesus said that vaccinating people in vulnerable health groups in developing countries should take priority over getting booster doses for children in wealthier countries.

“It is better to focus on those categories,” Ghebreyesus said [الضعيفة] at risk of serious illness and death, rather than some countries providing reinforcements to children as we see, which is not true.” He stumbled on the word “children”, accidentally uttering the first syllable with a “k” sound before immediately correcting himself.

According to Agence France-Presse, the Director-General of the World Health Organization stuttered, and did not mean to say “kill children” when talking about vaccines.

She said that the United Nations explained to the French press that the Director-General stuttered in the first letters of the word “children” in English, so it seemed as if he was saying “kill” (killing) instead of “chill (baby)” (children).

It is true that what is heard in the video may suggest that it is, but the international organization confirmed to Agence France-Presse that this is not what was intended at all, and said that Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stuttered and tightened the initials of the word “children” (Children in English), so it seemed as if he was saying “Keil.” …” And he corrected it again, saying the correct word.

This supports the context in which he was speaking, as he said, “If (the booster dose) is to be used, it is better to focus on groups at risk of serious disease and death rather than giving it, as we see in some countries, to children, and this is not right.”

The UN added that “there is no basis for all other interpretations”, all that happened was a stammer.

Has the World Health Organization called on countries to stop the third dose?

Users of social networking sites transmitted pictures bearing warnings against receiving the third dose, entitled “The World Health Organization calls on countries to stop the third dose.”

Again, this is not true. At the same press conference on 20 December, the Director-General of the World Health Organization reiterated his call for improved access to vaccines in disadvantaged countries.

“If we want to end the epidemic next year, we must end inequality (in vaccines) by ensuring that 70% of the population in every country is vaccinated by the middle of next year,” he said, according to AFP.

He stated that the World Health Organization does not oppose the booster doses, but stressed that they should be restricted to those at risk or those over the age of 65 years.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries that provide booster doses for healthy adults or children to share those doses with other countries while persuading the unvaccinated to opt for the vaccination.

It is reported that last August, a similar misleading news spread about the freezing of granting the second dose of Corona vaccines, Reuters refuted it.

At that time, users reported this news on their personal and public pages, and a number of those pages attributed the news to the Director-General of the World Health Organization, while others shared it without attributing the statement or news to anyone, and the news spread widely without verifying its credibility.

The Reuters fact-finding team followed up the news at the time, and it turned out that it was misleading news, as the World Health Organization called at that time to freeze the granting of the third booster dose until the end of September with the aim of giving these quantities of doses to poor countries that did not obtain sufficient quantities to vaccinate their citizens.

Is it time for a fourth dose of “Covid-19” vaccines?

“The fourth dose of vaccination is possible… We are completely open to that,” French Health Minister Olivier Veran told a press conference on Monday.

These statements came at a time when a vaccination campaign with a third booster dose of “Covid-19” vaccines is underway in France and other countries in order to compensate for the rapid decline in the effectiveness of vaccines against the virus.

Why think about the next step? The answer lies in the emergence of the highly contagious Omicron mutant, which has become prevalent in many countries, including the United States.

Similar to Delta, Omicron is a test for more commonly used vaccines than the rest of the mutant. Vaccines provide much less protection than this mutation, although some, including Pfizer-BioNTech, appear to be very effective against severe forms of the disease.

We know that a booster dose of certain vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca) significantly enhances immunity against Omicron, hence the “third dose” campaigns have been accelerated in many countries.

But the durability of the enhanced immunity provided by the booster dose is not yet clear, so some countries are considering giving a “fourth dose,” in other words, a second booster dose for people most vulnerable to disease, especially the elderly.

ahead of time

That is the crux of the problem. The true benefit of a new booster dose, and its potential risks, must first be determined, while there is currently no definitive data on the issue.

The uncertainty leads many experts to warn against rushing, such as the American Anthony Fauci, the White House advisor on health affairs.

Fauci told an American radio, “It is too early to talk about a fourth dose,” according to Agence France-Presse, stressing the need to know how long the current boosters – the third doses – will remain effective against Omicron.

The infectious disease expert added, “If its protection lasts much longer than the immunity of those who received only two doses, it may be a long time before a fourth dose is needed.”

Behind these questions are other questions that remain unanswered regarding the nature of the third dose. Should it be considered as a supplement to the initial two-dose vaccination to boost immunity? Or is it the first in a long series of booster doses, like the annual seasonal flu vaccine?

It seems more reasonable not to give a fourth dose of the current vaccines and wait for updated versions against Omicron, which is the same idea for influenza vaccines that change every year to adapt to the evolution of the virus.

In this regard, French infectious disease expert Benjamin Davido told RMC radio on Tuesday, “It is very clear that what is needed (…) is a 2.0 vaccine” based on “mender RNA technology and dedicated to Omicron.”

The two vaccine groups, Pfizer-Biontech and Moderna, that use messenger RNA technology, have pledged to make a dose specific to Omicron. But while adapting this technology to new mutant is easier, the deadlines remain uncertain.

Symptoms of Omicron - Omicron Infographic

harsh winter

“We are facing another harsh winter,” WHO chief Ghebreyesus said last week.

But health experts say we are much better equipped now than a year ago to tackle the pandemic, with a huge stockpile of largely safe and effective vaccines and new treatments available.

“We have the necessary tools that can help us beat the epidemic,” Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s epidemic management officer, told reporters this month. She stressed that “we have the power to eliminate it in 2022,” but it must be used properly.

A year after the first vaccines were released, about 8.5 billion doses have been given globally.

The world is now working to produce about 24 billion doses by June, more than enough for the entire population of the planet.

But stark disparities in vaccine distribution mean that while many rich countries are giving extra doses to people who have already been vaccinated, people at risk and health workers in many poor countries are still waiting to get their first dose.

UN figures show that about 67% of people in high-income countries have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while less than 10% in low-income countries.

These disparities, described by the World Health Organization as an ethical scandal, may deepen, as many countries rush to acquire additional doses to respond to the omicron mutant.

Preliminary data indicate that the highly contagious omicron mutant, which has caused a new spread around the world, since its discovery in South Africa last month, is more resistant to vaccines than the previous mutant.

While it appears that the booster doses again increase the level of protection, the World Health Organization stresses that in order to overcome the epidemic, the priority must remain to give the first doses to people at risk all over the world.

Omicron Corona Virus Infographic (Omicron) Mutant Omicron

The virus took advantage of the opportunity to evolve

And experts warn that allowing “Covid-19” to spread unchecked in some places greatly increases the possibility of the emergence of new, more dangerous mutations.

So, even as rich countries give their people the third dose or the booster dose, the world will not be safe until everyone has some degree of immunity.

وقال Tedros last week “No country can overcome the epidemic with booster doses,” according to the French Press Agency, adding that “random booster dose campaigns may prolong the epidemic instead of eliminating it, by acquiring countries that have already high vaccination rates on the available doses, and this gives the virus More possibilities for spread and mutation.

The director of the emergency program at the World Health Organization, Michael Ryan, told AFP that the emergence of the mutant Omicron is evidence of this, explaining, “The virus has seized the opportunity to evolve.”

Also, Gautam Menon, professor of physics and biology at Ashoka University in India, said that it is in the interest of rich countries that poor countries also get vaccines. “It would be a mistake to think that once its population is vaccinated, it will get rid of the problem,” he added.

Doctors refute the rumors circulating

On the other hand, several accounts of doctors and health institutions have been working to refute these rumors firsthand, as they confirmed the effectiveness of vaccines for children and the importance of the booster dose in the face of the Omicron variable.

Doctor Abd al-Rahim al-Shehri said in a tweet to him, “The frequency of trustworthy people around the world applies to the importance of vaccinations for children, and the reality proves the decline and cessation of diseases that used to kill children, some of us do not even know their name today.”

He added, “Who knows whooping cough, measles and polio? All of them have disappeared with children’s vaccinations. The safety of the corona vaccine for children is better than its safety for adults.”

Dr. Zeinat Matar commented, in a Facebook post, in which she said, “We in Lebanon are still suffering from a wide spread of the delta mutate, hence the importance of adhering to the vaccine, then the vaccine, and then the vaccine, with means of prevention, hoping that Omicron will not reach what preceded it of Mutants”.

She added, “The third dose is necessary to prevent all mutants. Mixing two types of vaccine is better for a stronger immunity. For all those who have not received the first dose yet, you can still participate in stopping this nightmare, so start today before tomorrow.”

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