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WHO’s 70% vaccination target now merely ‘symbolic’

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WHO’s 70% vaccination target now merely ‘symbolic’

Experts say a one-size-fits-all approach is not feasible and countries should rather focus on their targets

Jennifer Rigby

Vaccinating 70% of the population in every country in the world against Covid-19 by mid-2022 has been the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) rallying cry to end the pandemic.

But public health experts say while boosting immunity globally remains essential, the figure is neither achievable nor meaningful.

It has always been ambitious: now, just 12% of people in low-income nations have had one shot, according to online publication Our World In Data. Earlier targets set by the WHO — to reach 10% by September 2021, for example — were also missed...

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